Become an elf for USPS and help Santa write letters to children


HIMMELPFORT, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 16: A man dressed up as Santa Claus reads a letter at the Santa Claus post office on November 16, 2007 in Himmelpfort (Heaven’s Gate), near Berlin, Germany. Traditionnally, Santa Claus answers over 270,000 letters a year received from children all over the world. The project is sponsored by the German […]

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Anyone wanting to spread some Christmas cheer can help Santa on a very important mission — and it doesn’t even involve traveling to the North Pole.

The United States Postal Service is expanding its Operation Santa program. This year, people in Austin can go online to read letters from Santa and choose a few to respond to on behalf of the Jolly Old Elf, starting Dec. 3.

USPS employees first started responding to children’s letters 106 years ago, according to Leroy Middleton Jr., the officer in Charge of the Austin Post Office.

“That employee-led grassroots program evolved into an annual tradition in communities around the country,” Middleton said. “And as technology has evolved, we are excited to offer Operation Santa online to customers in this area.”

Last year, New York City tested the new digital version of the program. This year, Austin, Indianapolis, New York City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington, DC will be able to participate.

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