‘Operation Santa' Allows You to Make a Child's Christmas Wish Come True

Since 1912, the United States Postal Service has provided people with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children around the holidays.

Operation Santa connects our area’s children with one of Santa’s helpers who can answer their Christmas wishes. With locations around the country, the Operation Santa program continues to fulfill the Christmas dreams of children nationwide.

The Philadelphia Main Post Office on Chestnut Street is serving as Santa's local workshop, and everyone is encouraged to stop by and 'adopt' a letter. Once someone chooses a letter, they go out and buy what the child wished for and bring it back to the post office wrapped, all ready for shipping. Make sure to bring proper identification and your holiday spirit when you come in.

Ray Daiutolo Sr., a USPS representative, says he enjoys seeing people come into the office and look through the letters.

“That’s what the season is about, the gift of giving,” says Daiutolo.

People can go pick out as many letters as they want from noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday until Dec. 8.

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