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The United States Postal Service and Jolly Old St. Nick have teamed up to help families in need this holiday season. USPS Operation Santa has been around for the past 109 years and provides children and families with some holiday magic to those who are in need all around the country.

If you are in need of some help this holiday season in North Carolina, you can simply write a letter, put it in an envelope affixed with a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, and make sure you include your full return address — apartment number, directional information (i.e., E Main St, Apt 103) and ZIP Code — and send it to Santa’s official workshop address:

Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
The North Pole, 88888

Whatever you choose to write in the letter is up to you, but USPS suggests the more specific you are with sizes, colors, styles, and specific books and toys the better chance your wish list will be granted if your letter is adopted. Letters must be postmarked by Dec. 10 and will be uploaded to USPSOperationSanta.com through Dec. 15 for potential adoption. There are no guarantee letters submitted will be adopted.

On the other hand, if you would like to adopt a letter you can start Nov. 29 by going to USPSOperationSanta.com and creating an account. For security reasons, all prospective adopters must be vetted through a short registration and ID verification process before they can participate. If someone has adopted letters in the past, they must still be verified each year.

Once approved you can read through the posted letters and choose one or more you’d like to fulfill. Letter adopters are responsible for the cost of shipping the gifts. For more information and details on how you can get involved with Operation Santa click here.

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