Operation Santa Asks for Citizens, Businesses to ‘Adopt a Letter’

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The community can volunteer to help answer letters from children in Operation Santa.

For generations, writing a letter to Santa Claus has been a tradition during the holidays. And for some kind-hearted folks, answering those letters has also been a holiday custom.

Back in 1912, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized postal employees and local citizens to respond to the many letters written to Santa. The goodwill program, known as Operation Santa, has changed over the years. In the 1940’s, mail volume for Santa grew so much that the Postal Service invited local businesses and charitable organizations to participate by providing written responses and small gifts.

Today handwritten letters addressed to Santa Claus still arrive at the Post Office. Although current privacy and security regulations prevent personal information contained in the letters (such as a last name and address) from being given to the public, the program continues on in many locations with the Postal Service acting as facilitator.

Businesses and corporations, charitable groups and individual citizens can adopt letters from children or families who may need some extra help this year. Personal information in the letters is redacted by USPS staff and those who answer letters will have to make a return trip to the Post Office to mail the letter or package and have the USPS apply the mailing address.

Those interested in answering a letter written to Santa can visit one of the locations listed below by ZIP Code on the dates and times indicated. Photo identification is required to adopt a letter.

ZIP Codes 900-904 ZIP Codes 905-908, 917-918, 926-928 ZIP Codes: 910-916
Los Angeles District Office
7001 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90051
323-586-438011am to 1 pm on: Tues, Dec 7; Thurs, Dec 9; Tues, Dec 14; Thurs, Dec 16

Santa Ana District Office
3101 W. Sunflower Ave.
Santa Ana CA 92799

11 am to 1 pm on: Tues, Dec 7; Thurs, Dec 9; Tues, Dec 14

Sierra Coastal District Office
28201 Franklin Pkwy.
Santa Clarita CA 91383

11 am to 1 pm on: Tues, Dec 7; Tues, Dec 14

Participants are provided a copy of the Santa letter of their choice, which is coded and has had personal information removed. When they return to the Post Office to mail a gift package to fulfill the wish of the Santa letter writer, the Postal Service will match the coded photocopy Santa letter with the original and apply the name and address to the item.


One Response to “Operation Santa Asks for Citizens, Businesses to ‘Adopt a Letter’”
  1. Carmen says:

    I would love to respond to a letter to Santa but the times to obtain a letter are all during the work week. Is there a postal branch that has Saturday hours to obtain a letter?