USPS Delivers Surprise Gifts To Needy Children Through ‘Operation Santa’

SOUTH LOS ANGELES ( — Mail carriers Monday were delivering surprise packages to low income children just in time for Christmas.

Throughout the month, thousands of volunteers were able to read letters written to Santa Claus and send presents through the United States Postal Services’ Operation Santa.

“There were four kids, and it’s a family where the dad hasn’t been working for a couple of months and it’s everything from a one and a half-year-old up to a 13-year-old,” one woman told KNX1070’s Vytas Safronikas.

Operation Santa, which was launched on Dec. 3 this year, began in 1912 when a postmaster asked local citizens and postal employees to respond to as many letters to Santa as they could.

In the 1940s, local businesses and charitable organizations were invited to participate.

The gifting effort was organized by the Los Angeles-based website, Be An Elf.


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