U.S. Postal Service Delivers Children’s Holiday Dreams

Through Letters to Santa Program — Now Celebrating 100 Years

December 04, 2012 

Release No. 12-147 

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US Postal Service Delivers Children's Holiday Dreams Through Letters to Santa Program

NEW YORK — What do the U.S. Postal Service and Santa Claus have in common? Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep them from delivering dreams this holiday season. Today marks the start of the Postal Service’s annual “Letters to Santa” program, a campaign that’s helped fulfill holiday wishes of children and their families for a century.

“Letters to Santa” is an annual letter-writing program for individuals, businesses and charitable organizations to respond to children’s letters addressed to Santa Claus, the North Pole and other seasonal characters. To mark the start of the letter adoption period, a ceremony was held today at New York City’s Operation Santa command center — the iconic James A. Farley building — with a special appearance by Santa Claus.

“We are delighted to once again kick off the holiday mailing season with the start of our annual ‘Letters to Santa program’,” said Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.

The Postal Service expects to deliver more than 15.2 billion cards, letters and packages between now and Christmas Eve. This year, a postmark of Santa in his sleigh being pulled by six reindeer will appear in the upper right-hand corner of holiday cards and letters.

“The ‘Letters to Santa’ program has made dreams come true for those in need for 100 years,” added Donahoe. This is a time to celebrate how postal employees, charitable organizations, businesses and others have made a difference in the lives of children coast to coast.”

To learn more about the USPS “Letters to Santa” program and to view a list of participating Post Offices, visit usps.com/holidaynews.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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