Web site offers guide to USPS Operation Santa opportunities for volunteers

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In 17 major US cities this week, the US Postal Service’s Operation Santa will begin offering the public letters to Santa written by low income children. Volunteers can “adopt” letters from needy kids asking Santa for “a warm coat,” “food or clothes,” or “shoes for my older brother,” and then mail their gifts directly to the family they chose.

But many wishing to answer a child’s letter to Santa will be unable to locate a participating postal branch. Online searches for Operation Santa, even at www.USPS.com, will not readily result in the USPS’ current directory.

www.BeAnElf.org fills this need. The site is a much-needed resource letting the public know where they can volunteer for Operation Santa and how it offers an easy-to-find, current list of all participating USPS branches, along with the hours of operation.

The USPS will have its Operation Santa kickoff at 11am on Tuesday, December 3rd in New York City. Children’s Santa letters will also be offered at a single postal branch in each of the following cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Cincinnati, Newark and 6 others. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the Operation Santa program, started by the USPS in 1912.

www.BeAnElf.org is the best online guide to Operation Santa. The website offers an easy-to-find list of this year’s 17 participating branches, tips for gifts for needy kids, such as backpacks and school supplies, and suggests a small gift for Moms, who the site notes are “often single and living below the poverty line.” Be An Elf recommends that volunteers share the work and the fun, and give Christmas parties to which friends bring gifts, and wrap them together.

Some people feel alone and sad over the holidays, and find comfort being part of this program. Other volunteers have families and bring their kids to teach them the meaning of Christmas. Companies may adopt multiple letters.