Ever wondered what the post office does with all those letters to Santa? It turns out that these letters do in fact, have a destination and are signed, sealed, and delivered by Santa himself! Operation Santa, founded by Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock in 1912, allowed local postmasters to read and reply to letters addressed to the North Pole. Today, anyone can volunteer at their nearest, participating post office to read letters to Santa with a special post-marked stamp from the North Pole! Charitable organizations like beanelf.org have taken it a step further with volunteers reading letters and sending gifts to the neediest children:
Because of the bad economy and lack of resources, many cities this year won’t be participating in Operation Santa (sorry Los Angeles). Creepers beware! Strict guidelines have been set to prevent potential harm to children like the one in 2008.
What would Operation Santa look like in 2020? Will children start emailing Santa in the coming years? Could very well be…Santa already has a blog and a twitter!
Merry X-mas everyone!