NYC post office gets slammed with ‘Dear Santa’ letters — How to help

Posted: 8:46 PM, Dec 03, 2013
Updated: 2013-12-03 22:26:41-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) — At some point in our lives, we’ve all done it — written a letter to Santa Clause.

It’s during this time of year when the James Farley Post Office in Midtown gets slammed with hundreds of thousands of letters as part of the U.S. Postal Services century-old “Operation Santa” program.

“Santa can’t read all his mail, he is so overwhelmed so this is really giving the opportunity for a lot of people to be little helpers and give him a hand,” Chief Elf of Operations Pete Fontana told PIX11 News. “ [We] answer the letters on his behalf and get the gifts out there to the people.“

Just a few days in December, the Post Office has already received nearly 100,000 letters, some tugging at the heart strings.

“There was this girl who was asking for a wheelchair for her grandmother,” Fontana said. “She just couldn’t afford it.”

Although many of the letters received are from children, the program is open to all ages. The post office expects between 300,000 to 500,000 letters this season.

If you want to learn more about Operation Santa and how to take part, visit the USPS website.

dear santa