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‘Dear Santa’

Film about USPS program opens Dec. 4

USPS is promoting “Dear Santa” through a mailpiece that will accompany pay stubs to employees’ homes.

“Dear Santa,” a documentary about USPS Operation Santa, will be released in select theaters and through video-on-demand on Friday, Dec. 4.

The film shines a light on the annual program that allows Postal Service employees, customers and organizations to “adopt” letters to Santa Claus and fulfill holiday wish lists from children and others who are less fortunate.

“Dear Santa” focuses on select Operation Santa locations — some in metropolitan areas like the massive operation in New York City and others in small towns where the local Post Office is the heart of the community — and highlights poignant letters from children.

USPS Operation Santa is credited with helping millions of children and families through the years.

The program traces its roots to 1912, when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized postal workers and customers to respond to letters that Post Offices received for Santa Claus.

This year, the Postal Service is taking the program nationwide for the first time.

“Dear Santa” is directed by Dana Nachman, whose previous credits include “Witch Hunt,” “Love Hate Love,” “The Human Experiment,” “Batkid Begins” and “Pick of the Litter.”

The film’s website has more information, including details on how to watch the movie at home.

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