CHICAGO, IL — The annual Operation Santa program will kick off on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Cardiss Collins Facility at 433 W. Harrison St. But until then, letters are needed as early as possible. Chief Elf, Janice Hall said the earlier Santa Letters are received, the better chance of a response. Hall suggests to start sending Santa Letters soon and would like letters received no later than December 1st. “The sooner we have letters, the greater chance for them to be adopted to assist a family in need,” she said. Hall also says, it is very important to ensure the receiving address is correct in order for the families to receive the assistance that has been provided and if possible, to include a phone number too.
Santa letters can be sent to:
433 W. Harrison St.
Chicago IL 60699
Chicago’s “Operation Santa” program is one of the largest in the country. Every year thousands of people come in person to the Main Post Office in Chicago to adopt letters. Operation Santa is an annual letter-writing program through which members of the public respond to children’s letters addressed to Santa Claus, the North Pole and other seasonal characters. It’s become a holiday tradition for many families, businesses and groups, as they share the spirit of the season to help make some holiday wishes come true for others especially the less fortunate.
The Postal Service and its employees play important roles in communities around the nation and want to help their fellow citizens, especially around the holiday season.
In 2009, the Postal Service changed the letter adoption process by redacting all reference to the child’s address and assigning the letter an alphabet and number in order to protect the privacy of the families and their children. Individuals interested in adopting letters, go to the Post Office, select the letter(s) and sign the form. When the individual is ready to mail something to the child, they return with the letter and present what they are mailing and the letter to the Postal Service employee. The Postal Service employee will match the alphabet and number on the letter with the child’s address and weigh the package. The individual will pay for postage, and a mailing label will be printed and the postage will be applied to the package.
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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