USPS's Operation Santa digital program expands to Austin

It may seem too early to think about the holidays yet, but USPS is getting ready for Operation Santa next month.

USPS is expanding their digital program from seven to 15 cities this year, including Austin, and is unveiling a new website and official address for Santa.

Kids can send their letters to Santa at his new official address: 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888. Letters must be stamped in the upper right-hand corner. Tips for writing letters to Santa can be found online and in USPS's Holiday Newsroom.

Operation Santa was established in 1912 when the Postmaster General established Santa's first mailroom and let local postmasters open letters for employees to read and respond, says USPS. The program expanded in the 1940s to allow the general public to adopt and write response letters and send gifts.

Beginning November 18, people can adopt letters to Santa online. Gifts can then be mailed from any post office that offers "Label Broker" as an on-site service. All gifts have to be sent by December 20.

Other cities participating in the digital program are:

  • Chicago
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Baltimore
  • Cleveland
  • Los Angeles
  • Philadelphia
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Boston
  • Denver
  • New York City
  • Phoenix
  • Washington D.C.

To learn more about Operation Santa, visit USPS's website.