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It’s a Christmas tradition for over 100 years, and it’s back.

The United States Postal Service is organizing Operation Santa for the 109th year.

Families who need help making Christmas happy and bright can do so by sending a letter to the official Santa Workshop: Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole 88888.

As for knowing what to ask, the possibilities are endless.

However, USPS officials said the more specific the requests, the better; ideas include sizes, colors, styles, favorite authors, book titles, toys, etc.

Make sure to include a full return address – including your name, street name, apartment number, city, state, and zip code.

Letters must be postmarked before December 10. You can find more tips here.

Once the letters arrive at the North Pole, Santa’s elves will open the letter, remove all personal information for security reasons, and post the letter on the Operation Santa website. Letters will be added until December 15 and will remain on the site until 11:59 p.m. on December 23.

Adoptions open on November 29, but if you want to adopt one or more letters, you can create your account now.

You will need to go through a short registration and identity verification process for security reasons.

If you adopted a family in previous years, you will need to be screened again.

And it’s not just individuals who can adopt – the USPS has said businesses can put themselves in mind and set up teams to adopt families.

Each team member and individual can adopt up to 15 letters.

Once you have granted the wishes of the child or children, you will need to drop off the packages at a participating post office by December 18 to ensure they arrive at their final destination in time for Christmas.

No more than six packages can be sent per person and no more than 12 packages can be sent per family – all must be unpacked, weighing less than 70 pounds, with a combined length and thickness of 108 inches or less.

The absolute last day to send Operation Santa Claus packages is January 14, 2022.

For more information on the program, visit the Operation Santa Claus FAQ page. Additional questions can be emailed to


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