One hundred years ago the United States postal service quietly began Operation Santa. Thousands of heartbreaking letters from needy children were read and answered by volunteers. Today, that extraordinary experience is still happening at post offices all over the country.
Since 1912, the U.S. Post Office, has gathered volunteer “elves” to read tens of thousands of letters written to Santa. They are then sorted based on need, such as food or a pair of shoes and then matched with a donor to help fulfill their Christmas wish.
Due to Hurricane Sandy, this year is expected to be especially difficult. Operation Santa is expecting more than 10,000 letters, just in one New York City Post Office. The combination of the economy and this natural disaster has made the need for help even greater this holiday season.
If you would like to be an elf this year, simply click the USPS link here to find out ways you can help Santa and the kids this holiday season. Isn’t that what it’s all about?