Here’s an update of a previous story regarding the U.S. Post Office and the opportunity for you to play Santa Claus for the holidays.
“Operation Santa” is a program created by the Post Office that allows the public, charitable organizations and companies to participate in answering the thousands upon thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus every year. It’s a wonderful program that retains the privacy of those involved, yet gives a child in need an opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas through the kindness of an anonymous stranger, or “Santa.”
Individuals, charitable organizations, companies and local businesses are all invited to participate. Just know that you do have to present identification, fill out a form and follow a few instructions to assure the process is a good experience for both Santa and recipient.
Following are instructions as to how to be a Santa for the U.S. Post Office, and the list of post offices around the country participating in the program. If you have any questions, you can call the Post Office and its Operation Santa hotline at (212) 330-3000, or check out the website at www.usps.com.
How to Be a Santa
- Go to a participating Operation Santa Post Office in-person and fill out the proper PS-forms (6012, 6012-A, 6012-I).
- Organizations should send a representative with correspondence on their letterhead authorizing them to view letters on behalf of the company/organization. Your representative must present their employee ID and a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
- Individuals should bring a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
- After completing the forms, you may then read and choose a letter(s). In order to protect the privacy of the letter writers, all personal information will be removed from the letters. No last names, addresses or contact information of any kind will be visible.
- Bring your selections to a postal clerk so they can notate which letter(s) you will adopt.
- Become Santa Claus and fulfill the wishes of the letter writer.
- Once you have fulfilled the wish, simply bring your wrapped gift(s) back to the same Operation Santa location to mail.
- Individuals and organizations will be responsible for paying postage to mail the gifts to recipients.
- Once you pay the postage, the postal clerks will match your box with the letter writer by using an internal numbering system.
- The clerk takes the box and retrieves the original letter using the numbering system to create a mailing label.
- The return address on the box will read Operation Santa — North Pole.
Participating Post Offices
(Alphabetical by State)
Los Angeles District — 7001 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90052
Santa Ana District — 3101 W. Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92799
Sierra Coastal District — 28201 Franklin Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91383
Bay Valley District — 201 13th Street Room 222, Oakland, CA 94612
San Diego District — 11251 Rancho Carmel Drive, San Diego, CA 92199
Sacramento District — 2000 Royal Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95813
San Francisco District — 1300 Evans Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94188
Washington DC MAIN PO — 900 Brentwood Road N.E., Washington DC 20066
Arcadia PO — 109 N. Polk Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266
Bonita Springs PO — 26150 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Bradenton PO — 824 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton, FL 34206
Bradenton Beach PO — 116 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Ellenton PO — 2605 72nd Avenue E., Ellenton, FL 34222
Englewood PO — 950 S. River Road, Englewood, FL 34295
Lehigh Acres PO — 1201 Business Way/PO Box 9998, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Marco Island PO — 600 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL 34145
North Port PO — 13611 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287
Palmetto PO — 520 7th Street W., Palmetto, FL 34220
Port Charlotte PO — 3740 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Punta Gorda PO — 130 E. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Venice PO — 350 W. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34284
Naples PO — 1200 Goodlette Road N., Naples, FL 34102
Cape Coral PO — 1030 S.E. 9th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Fort Myers PO — 2655 N. Airport Road, Fort Myers, FL 33907
Windermere PO — 9300 Conroy Windermere Road, Windermere, FL 34786
Interlachen PO — 100 Mathe Road, Interlachen, FL 32148
Savannah PO — 2 N. Fahm Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Chicago MAIN PO — 433 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60699
Highland Park PO — 833 Central Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035
Fort Point Station — 25 Dorchester Avenue RM 1, Boston, MA 02205
Portland PO — 125 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101
Northland District — 100 S. 1st Street Rm115, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Terry PO — 404 W. Cunningham Avenue, Terry, MS 39170
James A. Farley Bldg., PO — 421 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10199
Cincinnati P & DC — 1623 Dalton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45234
DeGraff PO — 102 S. Main Street, DeGraff, OH 43318
Delaware PO — 35 S. Liberty Street, Delaware, OH 43015
Collinwood Station — 890 E. 152nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44108
Twinsburg PO — 8935 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087
Findlay PO — 229 W. Main Cross Street, Findlay, OH 45840
Berea PO — 24 Seminary Street, Berea, OH 44017
Jacobsburg PO — 60630 Main Street, Jacobsburg, OH 43933
New Philadelphia PO — 210 N Broadway Street, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Celina PO — 201 N. Main Street, Celina, OH 45822
Rootstown PO — 4865 Tallmadge Road, Rootstown, OH 44272
Canfield PO — 44 N. Broad Street, Canfield, OH 44406
Struthers PO — 195 S. Bridge Street, Struthers, OH 44471
North Olmsted PO — 28475 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Lorain PO — 3190 Colorado Avenue, Lorain, OH 44052
Woodville PO — 108 W. Main Street, Woodville, OH 43469
Millersburg PO — 55 S. Washington Street, Millersburg, OH 44654
Sterling PO — 13803 Kauffman Avenue, Sterling, OH 44276
Manhattan PO — 553 E. Manhattan Boulevard, Manhattan, OH 43608
Geneva PO — 1041 S. Broadway, Geneva, OH 44041
Dalton PO — 20 W. Main Street, Dalton, OH 44618
Elyria PO — 345 E. Bridge Street, Elyria, OH 44035
Swanton PO — 250 S. Hallett Avenue, Swanton, OH 43558
Philadelphia PO — 3000 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
GSC District — 2001 Dixiana Road/PO Box 929670, Columbia, SC 29292
Flandreau PO — 102 W. 2nd Avenue, Flandreau, SD 57028
Blanco PO — 402 4th Street, Blanco, TX 78606
McNeil PO — 14005 McNeil Rd, Austin, TX 78728
Arlington Main PO — 300 E. South Street, Arlington, TX 76004
Woodlawn PO — 32 Coulson Church Road, Woodlawn, VA 24381
Haysi PO — 288 Haysi Main, Haysi, VA 24256
Big Creek PO — 150 Big Creek Rd, Big Creek, WV 25505
Great Cacapon PO — 5010 Central Avenue, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
Thorpe PO — Harman Branch Road, Thorpe, WV 24888
Josephine PO — 4282 Odd Road, Josephine, WV 25857
Jumping Branch PO — Route 3, Jumping Branch, WV 25969
Maybeury PO — Hwy 52 Coal Heritage Road, Maybeury, WV 24861
Green Bank PO — Rt.28t/92 & Wesley Chapel Road., Green Bank, WV 24944
Winoa Post PO — Route 82, Winoa, WV 25942
Layland PO — 13891 Stanaford Road, Layland, WV 25864
Jesse PO — 71 Poplar Gap Road, Jesse, WV 24849