Children had to write letters for Operation Santa Claus, the elves had to answer them

USPS Operation Santa helps children in need. Santa’s elves can join his workshop to help make children’s wishes come true this holiday season.

SAN DIEGO – Operation Santa Claus is in full swing. The US Postal Service is recruiting Santa Claus elves to help make children’s wishes come true. But it takes more children in need to write Santa Claus.

Two years ago, it was the first time that Mayra Elena-Hernandez adopted a letter from a girl named Jacqueline.

“My sister is 6 and I’m currently 11 and I still believe in you and I won’t let the Grinch take that spirit,” Jacquelin wrote.

“It really spoke to me. When I grew up and came to America one of the things was that I was lucky I always had Christmas presents under the tree, but not always my classmates ”, said Elena-Hernandez, a postal worker in the United States.

Operation Santa began in 1912; the anonymous program helps children who may not receive gifts.

“The letters are going crazy right now on the website, so we want the kids to write their letters,” said Juvylyn Sevilla, USPS Customer Relations.

So far 2,300 California children in need have written letters and 25,000 across the country are hoping to double what would be a record.

“My mom is a single mom with two kids – me and my younger sister,” McCenzie wrote. “She struggles with money and accounts and I know there are a lot of other people in the same situation or worse, I would be extremely grateful.”

Children can write in their mother tongue. Jacqueline wrote her letter in Spanish.

“I specifically chose this letter because it is written in Spanish and I am Spanish speaking,” said Elena-Hernandez.

Children can request whatever they want such as a dollhouse, computer, or gift cards.

An adopter can go to the USPS Operation Santa website, read the letters and adopt a child or family, and fulfill as many wishes as you want.

Mayra’s boyfriend is joining Santa’s Workshop this year.

“We will adopt at least one letter together. We are trying to make it become a tradition with us, ”said Elena-Hernandez.

A tradition that helps children in need to believe in Santa Claus and the magic of the holidays.

“There are a lot of generous people, a lot of little elves who are trying to make this holiday season a reality, especially for the kids of San Diego,” said Elena-Hernandez.

Children must have a first class stamped letter stamped by December 10. Remember to include clothes and shoes size, age and full address and avoid 3D art, but you can make it as colorful as you want.

Letters go quickly to USPS Operation Santa. The next batch will be posted at 7:00 am PST. More needy children are needed to write so that his elves can help them make their wishes come true.

Posted by Abbie Alford on Thursday, December 2, 2021

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