USPS Operation Santa open to letters

Nov 11, 2021, 5:43 AM | Updated: 5:47 am
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The United States Post Office is now accepting letters for Operation Santa. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — The United States Postal Service is again welcoming letters for the USPS Operation Santa Program. All wishes and requests must be postmarked by Dec. 10. The elves will then upload the letters to  until Dec. 15 for possible selection.

The US Postal Service says that some families are working overtime to meet their family’s financial needs. Further, the holidays can add to the challenge for those who want to make the season a time to remember, but aren’t able to stretch their budgets as far as they’d like to.

They say, don’t fret just yet — check out the USPS Operation Santa program. According to the USPS, the operation has helped “hundreds of thousands” of families receive Christmas from kind members of the community.

What to ask for?

It is up to the family to decide what items to request. But the more specific the request, the more likely the writer is to receive what they’ve asked for. If appropriate, the specifics should include sizes, colors, styles, favorite authors, book titles, brands, and/or toy names. 

After a letter is written and sent off, Santa’s elves will open it to remove any personal information for safety reasons. Then, they’ll upload the request to for possible selection.

There is no promise that all letters will be selected. 

Writing the letter

All letters should be in an envelope addressed to:

Santa Claus

123 Elf Road

North Pole, 88888

Be sure to include your full name and complete address so your gifts can be mailed to you. Letters have been accepted into the operation as of Nov. 1 2021.

Choosing a letter to fulfill

Registration and identification verification to participate in the giving season will be available on Monday, Nov. 15th online or at a USPS location. On Monday, Nov. 29 the letter adoption site will go live and those who’ve qualified can pick a letter. Here are some things to know before then:

  • Once a person has been approved to adopt they can go to to pick as many letters as they would like to fulfill. There, they can follow instructions on how to fulfill a child’s wishes.
  • Anyone interested in choosing a letter to fulfill must go through registration and ID verification before picking a letter. If you have participated in the past, you will still be required to go through the process.
  • Business are welcome to get involved in teams to help grant holiday wishes.

Operation Santa Program history

The Operation Santa Program started over 109 years ago when the United States Postal Service started receiving letters to Santa from kids around the world.

In 1912 Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock allowed Postmaster to let employees and clients respond to the letters. The act led to a very successful holiday program benefitting kids and families across the United States.

Additional details on the USPS Operation Santa can be found atHoliday Newsroom.

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