The U.S. Postal Service is calling on compassionate individuals to play a role in ensuring that underprivileged children and families experience the joy of Christmas morning through its longstanding Operation Santa initiative.
For 111 years, Operation Santa has enabled postal employees and volunteers to respond to heartfelt letters from children addressed to Santa. Volunteers are invited to make a difference by virtually “adopting” deserving children and families across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Letter volume and the number of adopters increase every year, and this year is no exception,” said Sue Brennan, senior public relations specialist for the Postal Service.
The Operation Santa website highlights that Dec. 18 is the final day for Secret Santas to select letters from individuals and families; this is also the last day they recommend sending out packages to guarantee a pre-Christmas Day arrival.
The website also assures that new letters to Santa will continually be uploaded, keeping the spirit of giving alive throughout the letter-writing season. In 2022, Secret Santas received over 18,000 letters.
Among the touching letters featured on the site this year is one from a family, including Liviey, an 18-month-old baby who likes the color yellow. Liviey’s wishlist includes diapers (size 4), wipes, 2T clothing, pajamas, and a toddler bed with bedding.
Oliviana is in need of a front-facing car seat and a pack-and-play, while Larry, a 12-year-old aspiring Harry Potter fan, has bedding, size 13 men’s shoes, and a cozy blanket on his list. Payton, a 10-year-old with a love for the color red, dreams of a drum set, a weighted blanket, and a pair of stylish Nike tennis shoes (size 10). Lastly, Pewee, an 8-year-old, expresses a wish for a new bed set and a captivating lava lamp for Christmas.
The Postal Service also extends an invitation to companies to join in the spirit of giving by adopting a child or a family.
In heartfelt letters, children like Nathan, 12, share personal stories of resilience and growth, acknowledging the challenges faced by their families. Nathan, who boosts better grades this year and the assurance that he and his brothers are good “60% of the time, wishes for a “Fast and Furious” 1970 Dodge Charger Lego set and a light-up football. Cameron, 14, dreams of Bluetooth portable speakers and black earbuds, while Charles, 9, wants an inflatable snow tube and a double-sided remote control stunt car.
Operation Santa stands as a powerful reminder that, especially during the holiday season, collective acts of kindness can brighten the lives of those facing challenges, fostering a sense of hope, joy, and community.
“I hope you feel merry and bright,” Nathan wrote in his letter to Santa. “Have a good Christmas.”