The weeks leading up to Christmas are among the busiest of the year for the US Postal Service, yet for the past 100 years, postal employees have graciously taken on the additional task of sorting through the millions of letters addressed to Santa each holiday season and setting aside those that express serious need. These letters are then made available for "adoption" at participating post offices, where generous individuals, corporations, or charitable organizations can sign up to buy and ship the requested gifts courtesy of "Santa." Over the past century, Operation Santa has brought a little holiday cheer into countless homes, and it will likely continue to do so for years to come.
One 13-year-old boy who sent a "Dear Santa" letter to the U.S. Post Office this year asked only for covers for his bed, "so I can stay warm this winter."
Another letter from a 12-year-old wanted nothing for himself, just something for his single mother, because she worked so hard.