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November 17th, 2014

How to Adopt a “Dear Santa” Letter

Individual customers and representatives of organizations wanting to adopt a letter must come to a participating Operation Santa Post Office in person. Both individual customers and organizational representatives must fill out the proper PS Forms 6012 (organization), 6012-A (organization record of letter), or 6012-I (individual) and show identification before viewing any letters.

  • For organizations wanting to adopt a letter, please send a representative with correspondence on letterhead from your company/organization authorizing the representative to view the letters on behalf of your company/organization. Your representative must present his or her employee ID and a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
  • For individuals wanting to adopt a letter, please bring a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

After completing the forms, you may then read and choose a letter(s). To protect the anonymity of the letter writers, all personal information will be blacked out in the letters you view — no last names, addresses or contact information of any kind will be visible.

Operation Santa answers "Dear Santa" letters from needy children each ChristmasBring your selections to a postal clerk so the clerk can notate which letter(s) you will adopt.

Here is the fun part — you get to be Santa’s helper by fulfilling the wishes of the letter writer.

Once you have fulfilled the wish, you simply bring your wrapped gift(s) back to the same Operation Santa location to mail.

Individuals and organizations will be responsible for paying the postage to mail the gifts to the recipient.

Once you pay the postage, the postal clerks will match your box with the letter writer by using an internal numbering system.

The clerk takes the box and retrieves the original letter using the numbering system to create a mailing label.

The return address on the box will read “Operation Santa, North Pole.”

November 28th, 2013

2013 Operation Santa Participating Post Offices – Sacramento

2013 Operation Santa Participating Post Offices – Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Royal Oaks PO
2000 Royal Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 92799

Days of Operation

Monday – Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Cindy Weight
916-263-7161

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How to Adopt a Letter

Individual and representatives of organizations wanting to adopt a letter come to a participating Operation Santa Post Office in person. Both individual customers and organizational representatives fill out a brief form and show identification before viewing letters.

Organizations wanting to adopt a letter should send their representative with a note on company letterhead authorizing the representative to view letters. Your representative will be asked to show an employee ID and a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

Individuals who want to adopt a letter should bring a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

After completing the form, you may then read and choose a letter or letters. To protect the anonymity of the letter writers, all personal information will be blacked out in the letters you view — no last names, addresses or contact information will be visible.

After making your selection, just take the letters to a postal sales and service representative to note the postal tracking number on them. Then you’re ready for the fun part — you get to be Santa’s helper by fulfilling the wishes of the child who has written the letter.

After you’ve  finished shopping, you simply bring your wrapped gifts back to the same Operation Santa location, pay the postage and we’ll do the rest — matching your copy of the child’s letter with the original, before applying the child’s name and address and sending it on its way!

The return address on your package will, of course, read “Operation Santa, North Pole!”

 
Donate to Operation Letters To Santa - Help us answer more "Dear Santa" letters from needy children this Christmas

November 23rd, 2013

2013 Operation Santa Participating Post Offices – Florida

Operation Santa - Florida

Orlando, Florida

10401 Post Office Blvd
Orlando, FL 32862

Days of Operation

Monday – Saturday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Nancy Warren
401-826-3419

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How to Adopt a Letter

Individual and representatives of organizations wanting to adopt a letter come to a participating Operation Santa Post Office in person. Both individual customers and organizational representatives fill out a brief form and show identification before viewing letters.

Organizations wanting to adopt a letter should send their representative with a note on company letterhead authorizing the representative to view letters. Your representative will be asked to show an employee ID and a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

Individuals who want to adopt a letter should bring a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

After completing the form, you may then read and choose a letter or letters. To protect the anonymity of the letter writers, all personal information will be blacked out in the letters you view — no last names, addresses or contact information will be visible.

After making your selection, just take the letters to a postal sales and service representative to note the postal tracking number on them. Then you’re ready for the fun part — you get to be Santa’s helper by fulfilling the wishes of the child who has written the letter.

After you’ve  finished shopping, you simply bring your wrapped gifts back to the same Operation Santa location, pay the postage and we’ll do the rest — matching your copy of the child’s letter with the original, before applying the child’s name and address and sending it on its way!

The return address on your package will, of course, read “Operation Santa, North Pole!”

 
Donate to Operation Letters To Santa - Help us answer more "Dear Santa" letters from needy children this Christmas

November 22nd, 2013

2013 Operation Santa Participating Post Offices – Washington DC

Dear Santa Letters - Operation Santa Claus

Washington DC

900 Brentwood Road
Washington DC 20066

Days of Operation

(November 25 – December 20)
December 20 final day to Adopt a Letter
9:30am – 3:00pm

Elf-in-Charge

Antoinette (Toni) Myers
202-636-2244

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How to Adopt a Letter

Individual and representatives of organizations wanting to adopt a letter come to a participating Operation Santa Post Office in person. Both individual customers and organizational representatives fill out a brief form and show identification before viewing letters.

Organizations wanting to adopt a letter should send their representative with a note on company letterhead authorizing the representative to view letters. Your representative will be asked to show an employee ID and a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

Individuals who want to adopt a letter should bring a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

After completing the form, you may then read and choose a letter or letters. To protect the anonymity of the letter writers, all personal information will be blacked out in the letters you view — no last names, addresses or contact information will be visible.

After making your selection, just take the letters to a postal sales and service representative to note the postal tracking number on them. Then you’re ready for the fun part — you get to be Santa’s helper by fulfilling the wishes of the child who has written the letter.

After you’ve  finished shopping, you simply bring your wrapped gifts back to the same Operation Santa location, pay the postage and we’ll do the rest — matching your copy of the child’s letter with the original, before applying the child’s name and address and sending it on its way!

The return address on your package will, of course, read “Operation Santa, North Pole!”

 
Donate to Operation Letters To Santa - Help us answer more "Dear Santa" letters from needy children this Christmas

December 11th, 2012

Movie Night With Santa Claus & Hallmark Channel

Enter Operation Santa's 2012 Christmas Contest

Operation Santa Claus in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to “Movie Night” this Friday, December 14th.

We will be watching Love’s Christmas Journey and will be tweeting all night about the movie. Grab some comfy pillows and blankets, a mug of hot chocolate,some cookies and your family and friends to watch this great Christmas movie with us. We will be asking questions about them movie throughout the evening and would love to visit with you online.

Buy the movie here or search the Hallmark Channel and schedule it to record so you can watch it with us.

How to Win

Join us on Twitter during movie night as we will be tweeting about the movie all evening and will be asking a lot of questions about events in the movie. Since people from all over the country will be watching, we are not setting hours, but will be tweeting during the evening hours up until Midnight EST.

Use @OperationSanta and the hashtag #HallmarkSanta to be eligible to win one of our our three GREAT prizes. We also invite you to join us on on Facebook page here, and we absolutely want you to join us on Twitter!

We look forward to “seeing” you!

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December 8th, 2012

The History of USPS Operation Santa – New York

Visit the James A. Farley Post Office on the dates listed below to read and answer “Dear Santa” letters from very needy children this Christmas season.

Location

James A. Farley Post Office
421 8th Avenue, New York, NY
(212) 330-3000

Operation Santa Dates

December 5-24 (Closed on Sundays)

Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am – 4pm

Thursday: 9am to 7pm

Saturday: 9am to 4pm

Operation Santa: Becoming Saint Nick for a Season

Source: BeyondThePerf.com

Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock DeliveryAround Christmastime in the early 1900s, New York City postal clerks grew dismayed over the number of letters being “sent” to the North Pole that would never reach their final destination. Realizing that many of the letters expressed real needs from real children, the clerks began chipping together their lunch money to respond to the letters going unanswered. They purchased and personally delivered the gifts requested by the neediest children.

But with each year, the number of letters seemed to grow, and the needs along with it. To ease the burden, in 1912, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters throughout the country to share these letters with the public. And so Operation Santa was born.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Operation Santa program has since evolved into a multicity enterprise, with each sponsoring location working together with individuals, local businesses, charitable organizations, and corporations to meet needs from coast to coast. New York City, the birthplace of the program, still receives the most letters (more than 500,000 each year), but dozens of other areas have signed up to host their own 2012 programs.

Any letters addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole” remain in the area where they were mailed. Postal “elves” then sort through these letters, setting aside any that express great need and removing any personal contact information. At that point, individuals wishing to respond on Santa’s behalf can go to their local Post Office, choose a letter that touches them and fits their budget, and return to the Post Office with their gift ready to mail to the child. The Postal Service ensures that all the packages make their way to the right destinations.

The history of USPS Operation Santa - celebrating 100 yearsThose packages can include anything from toothbrushes to clothes to computers. “These children are wishing for the moon,” says Pete Fontana, Operation Santa’s chief elf. “They’re asking for what they can’t afford, what their parents can’t give them.”

“One year we had a letter that had a special-needs wheelchair,” Fontana adds. “The wheelchair cost over $20,000 to purchase. I made sure that this particular letter made it into the daily newspaper here. The next day, I had that wheelchair.”

It’s just one heartwarming example of countless tales Fontana could tell about the generosity of program participants. Even during economically hard-hit years such as 2010, the New York City location pulled in “boxes to the ceiling — literally,” he says. “They had to bring tractor-trailers in to take out all of the boxes for Santa Claus.”

And hopes are high for 2012. If all goes according to plan, the reindeer can expect even more of a workout — one that’s worthy of this special program’s anniversary.

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December 5th, 2012

USPS Operation Santa Locations 2012 – West Virginia

USPS Operation Santa Locations 2012 - West Virginia

This is a list of the West Virginia USPS location(s) that are participating in Operation Santa this year. Please bookmark this page as we may be updating it during the Christmas season.

Click here to download PDF of all participating post office locations in the country.

Great Cacapon PO

5010 Central Avenue
Great Cacapon, WV 25422

Days of Operations

Monday–Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Contact

Rick Dunn (304) 258-1012

Green Bank PO

Rt.28t/92& Wesley Chapel Road
Green Bank, WV 24944

Days of Operations

Monday–Friday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Contact

Dorris Stump (304) 456-4081

The Operation Santa Claus rules are as follows:

  • All “Dear Santa” letters are to be picked up at a post office in person. “Dear Santa” letters will no longer be sent out by mail and telephone requests are no longer accepted.
  • Companies and organizations can pick up letters by appointment only with your local post office if that facility has “Dear Santa” letters available. You will need to present a letter of introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Individuals wishing to answer “Dear Santa” letters are not required to make an appointment. Please contact your local postmaster to see if Operation Santa Claus is available in your area at this time.
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers must agree with the USPS Privacy Act Statement listed on the PS Form 6012-1 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Individual) and PS Form 6012 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Third Party).
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers are required to show one piece of acceptable identification.

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