I'm sure you've heard of this program from the United States Postal Service. Okay, maybe that's pushing it for the younger generation that isn't really into snail mail at all. But it's still back, and would love your help.

USPS Operation Santa is a 111-year-old program that not only helps kids from the Boston area and towns around New Hampshire and Maine, but all kids who otherwise may not experience that Christmas magic from Santa.

It's so simple, too, and keeps that holiday spirit alive for kids. According to the program's website, all you have to do is adopt a child's letter that was sent to Santa via the USPS Operation Santa, and help make that child's wish come true (via Santa, of course, who is the true hero delivering the gifts).

Here's How to Get Involved

  • Create an account and get verified, then read the letters and adopt one you love
  • Find the perfect gift and ship it from a participating Post Office™ location
  • Your package will arrive straight from Santa himself to the child
  • Mail packages before December 18 so they’re delivered by Christmas

You can also adopt an entire family, as it's not always children sending these letters. And don't worry. According to the USPS Operation Santa team, these letters are intensely vetted. The letters are here if you want to start reading now.

USPS Operation Santa
USPS Operation Santa

Monday, December 18, is the final day you can adopt a letter or letters. However, that could even be pushing it if you want your gifts (I mean Santa's gifts), to get to the children or family by Christmas day.

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