Program Begins Before Black Friday for First Time
Are you interested in sending children and families some holiday magic this season? You can now adopt a letter written to Santa by going to USPSOperationSanta.com. In response to customer requests, this is the first time the U.S. Postal Service has opened the program before Black Friday.
USPS Operation Santa turns 111 years old this year. The program relies solely on random acts of kindness and the generosity of strangers. It allows people to help children and families have a magical holiday when they otherwise might not — safely and securely. USPS Operation Santa is not a guaranteed gift-giving program.
Since Sept. 18, the Postal Service has received letters from across the country and has been delivering them to Santa’s U.S. workshop at 123 Elf Road, North Pole 88888. Letters sent with First-Class Mail postage and complete, accurate, and legible return addresses have been opened, reviewed, and posted on USPSOperationSanta.com. People can begin reading and adopting letters today.
Instructions for Letter Adopters
- Visit USPSOperationSanta.com, register, and have your identity verified.
- Suppose potential adopters are unable to complete their ID verification online. In that case, they will be provided with a code and instructions on completing verification in person at a local Post Office.
- Once verified, the adopter will receive a welcome email with detailed information on how to participate in the program.
- Potential adopters can read letters and choose one or more to fulfill. Once a letter is chosen, adopters must follow the directions they were sent in their welcome email to ship gifts.
- Packages must be shipped via Priority Mail service, but gifts do not need to be in Priority Mail-branded boxes.
- Letter adopters are responsible for postage fees to ship the gift packages.
Tips for Reducing Shipping Costs
Postage to ship packages is based on size, weight, and distance. Here are some tips to lower costs:
- Use Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, free at your local Post Office. When shopping, take a box with you and only purchase items that can fit in the box.
- Adopt a letter from your state or a nearby state.
- Pay careful attention to the dimensions of the gift — especially the size and weight. Shipping heavy, oversized packages can be expensive.
- Consider a gift card instead of purchasing larger, heavier items. To accommodate the shipping label, gift cards must be sent in a Priority Mail envelope, 4 inches by 6 inches or larger.
- Sept. 18: The Postal Service began accepting letters to Santa.
- Nov. 6: Registration for letter adopters opened.
- Nov. 20: Letter adoption opens.
- Dec. 11: Last day to send letters to Santa.
- Dec. 18: Last day to adopt letters and the recommended date to ship packages.
Accept No Imitations
Only one USPS Operation Santa program is sanctioned by the U.S. Postal Service. Fulfilling wishes through the official Postal Service program is voluntary, and any organization asking for money to adopt letters violates the laws under which the Postal Service operates and is not condoned by or affiliated with the Postal Service.
For more information, visit USPSOperationSanta.com.
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Please Note: The United States Postal Service is an independent federal establishment, mandated to be self-financing and to serve every American community through the affordable, reliable, and secure delivery of mail and packages to nearly 165 million addresses six and often seven days a week. Overseen by a bipartisan Board of Governors, the Postal Service is implementing a 10-year transformation plan, Delivering for America, to modernize the postal network, restore long-term financial sustainability, dramatically improve service across all mail and shipping categories, and maintain the organization as one of America’s most valued and trusted brands.
The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on selling postage, products, and services to fund its operations.