FILE PHOTO: Children's letters to Santa Claus are seen in Manhattan's General Post Office for Operation Santa.
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

You can answer a ‘Letter to Santa’ from a child in need through Operation Santa

You don’t have to have a red-nosed reindeer to play Santa this holiday season.

The U.S. Postal Service has expanded its online Operation Santa program.

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Anyone in the nation can now grant a child’s holiday gift wish to Santa as part of an expanded USPSOperationSanta.com rolled out Monday, Nov. 18, a press release says. 

“The program was established by the Postal Service to help families and children have a magical holiday when they otherwise might not,” the release reads

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Changes to the 107-year-old program include a new website, expansion of last year’s digital program and a new official mailing address for Santa:

Santa Claus

123 Elf Road 

North Pole, 88888

Groups or individuals will be able to adopt letters to Santa online, but the “adopter” must go to a Post Office that offers “Label Broker” as an on-site service to send the gift.

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Label Broker Post Office locations can be found on usps.com/locator.

There is an option to adopt a single child or an entire family. 

398079 01: Children's letters to Santa Claus are seen in Manhattan's General Post Office December 3, 2001 in New York City. The New York Post Office's "Operation Santa Claus" received 280,000 letters addressed to Santa last year, many of which were from needy children and were answered by members of the public and postal workers. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The website will contain letters from 15 cities: Austin, Texas; Chicago, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Orlando; Sacramento; Baltimore; Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Boston; Denver; New York; Phoenix and Washington. 

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The cities were selected based on several reasons, including interest in the program, community need and a mix of geographic locations, the press release says. 

Letters from California will include those written by children and families impacted by recent wildfires, a message on USPSOperationSanta.com says. 

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Letters from seven cities were in the digital program last year.  

Then Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters in 1912. 

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