During the holiday season, one would think that there is nothing better than the feeling one gets giving gifts to those they love the most, but there is. Sharing gifts with people who are less fortunate takes the cake, and it's a great way to teach kids, right from the start, what is the true meaning of the season. This year, the United States Postal Service is bringing back a yearly program they offer, to make gift giving to low-income families super easy.
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The United States Postal Office is launching another year of its Operation Santa Program. This makes it possible for both people and organizations to adopt letters, written by children and families who can't afford gifts, and send some holiday cheer their way.
The program actually started back in 1912. Yes, it's been around that long. It all started when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the Christmas letters. Later on, this became known as Operation Santa. So basically, this amazing program has been around for more than 100 years!
Over the decades, this program has taken many twists and turns, and it is now fully available online. It has greatly grown in popularity. You, now, have the ability to browse through letters online, choose one to adopt, and help fulfill a child's biggest wishes, so they can have a truly magical holiday season.
Two cities, New York City and Chicago, have a choice of browsing and adopting letters to Santa online or in-person.
This year, letters sent to Santa from the 15 cities below will be included on the USPSOperationSanta.com website:
- Austin, TX
- Baltimore, MD
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Cleveland, OH
- Denver, CO
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York, NY
- Orlando, FL
- Philadelphia, PA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Sacramento, CA
- San Juan, PR
- Washington, DC
You have the choice to adopt a child or a family, and you are able to read what is on their wish list before you adopt. This way you will know the kind of price range you are working with, before you make a commitment to the program.
Whenever making the choice to adopt, if in-person, you will be required to fill out a form and show valid state or federal ID. If you opt for the online adoption process, you will be required to go through a short registration and ID verification process.
This is truly a wonderful way to make someone's holiday merry and bright!