Brighten a Child’s Christmas w/ USPS Operation Santa Program


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Here’s how you can participate in the USPS Operation Santa letter submission & adoption program.

christmas presents under a tree

Here’s a sweet way to give back this season!

We truly love sharing all the latest deals with you guys here at Hip2Save, and we’re so thankful to play a part in making the holidays more affordable for families all over the country! Unfortunately, there are still a lot of families in need who struggle around this time of year while trying to provide their loved ones with a memorable holiday season.

Luckily, the USPS is running its Operation Santa program once again this year, and it’s the perfect opportunity to help others and give back!

USPS truck

What’s Operation Santa?

Here’s a little background on the holiday program according to the USPS website:

“USPS Operation Santa is a much-beloved, 109-year-old program run by the U.S. Postal Service. The goal for the future is, and has always been, to help more children and families in need have a happy holiday when they otherwise may not — one letter to Santa at a time.”

Every year, the USPS collects letters and holiday wish lists from families all over the country. Once the letters are accepted and the writers’ personal information removed, they’re put “up for adoption” for folks from all around the US. The adopters can then purchase the items & get them to the families with a little help from the USPS.

It’s a safe way to help other families have the best holiday possible & reduce the stress that so often comes along with the celebrations.

For weeks, the USPS has been collecting those letters, and they’re now up for adoption!

girl writing letter to Santa

If you’re looking to be a part of the Operation Santa program this year, here’s how you can participate.

  • Select “register & verify ID” if you haven’t yet. Note that even if you’ve participated in the past, you’ll need to renew your registration each year.
  • Create an account and verify your ID and password. If you aren’t able to verify your ID online, you can visit one of the 19,000 participating Post Office locations with a Label Broker service.
  • After you’re approved, you’ll receive an email with detailed information on how to join in and make the most of the program.

Businesses are also welcome to take part in the USPS Operation Santa program, but every individual participant will need to go through the verification process.

cookies and milk for santa

Looking to submit a wish list? It’s not too late!

Through December 10th, you can write your letter to Santa, enclose it in an envelope with a First-Class Mail stamp, fill in your complete return address including apartment number & directional information (if necessary, ex. E Main St, Apt 103), and Zip Code, and mail it to Santa’s official workshop address:

Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
North Pole, 88888

If you’d like some inspiration and tips, the USPS has a helpful guide for writing the perfect letter to Santa!

elf writing a letter

Letters must be postmarked by December 10th, and they’ll be uploaded to the program website through December 15th. The last day for letter adoption is December 22nd, and packages can be shipped out through January 14th.

Prefer giving experiences over things? Give the Gift of Time this holiday season!

Brandi has an Associate’s Degree and 5+ years of experience writing and creating online content for local businesses.


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