The U.S. Postal Service just got in on the best Secret Santa action ever! Through USPS Operation Santa, you can gift a child in need with something off their holiday wish-list.

Every year children from across the country put pen to paper and write out a hopeful list of possible presents. While many of these would-be gifts end up under the Christmas tree, many go unanswered.

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Low-income families who need money for necessities, such as rent or food, can’t always fill their kiddo’s Santa lists themselves. Here’s where the USPS and you can help. Through Operation Santa you can make a difference in a child’s life, giving them the Christmas of their dreams.

So how can you help a child this holiday season through the USPS? Visit the USPS Operation Santa website and browse letters from hopeful children. Choose a letter to adopt (or a few), fill the wish-list, wrap the gifts and bring them (plus the necessary postage) to a participating post office by Dec. 21, 2019.

Along with individual letter adoptions, you can also choose to fill a child’s list as a team. Invite your co-workers, mom’s group, PTA or your neighborhood friends to work together as sweet Secret Santas!

If you’re wondering how the letters are chosen, according to the USPS website, “All letters received with valid return addresses and mailed via the United States Postal Service may be published on” The letters, which are posted without identifying info, are published for the public to choose from.

—Erica Loop



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