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Fulfilling holiday wishes

USPS releases Operation Santa how-to video

The Postal Service has released a video that explains how to participate in the USPS Operation Santa program.

A new video shows how customers can participate in a treasured holiday tradition: USPS Operation Santa.

The program allows generous people and organizations to “adopt” letters to help Santa Claus fulfill the holiday wish lists of children, as well as some adults, experiencing hardship.

The 90-second animated spot is hosted by Holly, the program’s holiday helper. She offers a checklist for children on completing their wish list and mailing it to Santa in time for Christmas.

For example, children should include their full name, age and return address in the letter and on the envelope. When it comes to listing what they want, they are encouraged to be specific about the size, style and color for clothes and shoes and with the names of any games, toys or books.

Holly also suggests a parent or guardian review the letter before sending. Place it in a stamped envelope addressed to Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole 88888. Letters should be mailed by Dec. 10 or sooner.

The video also explains how customers can go to to read and adopt letters.

The program began accepting letters from children Nov. 1 and will continue to do so until Dec. 10, with postmarks no earlier or later than these dates. Letters will be available for adoption from Nov. 29 through Dec. 22.

The Postal Service began sharing the video on social media and other channels in mid-October.