Here's How Kids Can Send Letters to Santa This Year

Adults can register to fulfill children's wishes through the USPS Operation Santa program.

click to enlarge The United States Postal Service (USPS) is now accepting letters for the 2021 Operation Santa program. - PHOTO: KIRA AUF DER HEIDE, UNSPLASH
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) is now accepting letters for the 2021 Operation Santa program.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is now accepting letters for the 2021 Operation Santa program, which provides gifts to children in need.  

Operation Santa has been fulfilling kids’ wishes that they send to Mr. Claus through UPS for 109 years. Santa’s magic is nondenominational in order to help as many families as possible. 

To have a wish considered, children can send a letter to Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road North Pole, 88888, with a first-class mail Forever stamp, or they can upload a letter at When using snail mail, kids should include a full return address so Santa can get the presents to the correct homes. USPS says requests are “entirely up to the letter writer,” but letter-writers should include specifics like sizes, colors, favorite authors and book titles. 

In order to be considered, all letters must be postmarked by Dec. 10 or uploaded by Dec. 15. 

To fulfill children's wishes, Santa needs a few extra elves who can send toys, books and other goodies. Adults can "read letters from Santa's mailroom and answer the ones he can't," according to Operation Santa's website.

Registration for the 2021 program will be open soon, USPS says. Adults must provide ID verification to be approved. They will then be able to read through the posted letters and determine who they can help.

All personal information within children's letters —last name, address, ZIP code— is removed by Santa’s elves for safety reasons before posting. 

USPS officials say that there is no guarantee that every child's request will be fulfilled.

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