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How-to video explains USPS Operation Santa

Holly, the USPS Operation Santa helper, hosts the 90-second animated video.

A video available in English and with Spanish captions shows customers how they 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 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 names of any games, toys or books as well as the size, style and color for clothes and shoes.

Holly also suggests a parent or guardian review the letter before sending. Remember to place it in a stamped envelope addressed to Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888. Letters should be postmarked no later than Dec. 12.

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

The program started accepting letters this year on Sept. 15. Registration to adopt letters began Nov. 14. Letters will be available for adoption from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19.

The Postal Service will share the how-to video on social media and other channels, including the organization’s Holiday Newsroom and Postal Communicator’s Toolbox on Blue, throughout the season.