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During the Holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in Giant Trees, Endless Sales and general merriment. But December is also a great time to give a lil’ something back and to make a difference.
The Big Adventure fondly endorses “Operation Santa Claus” happening nationwide at United States Post Offices . This seasonal program that is nearly a century old enables Joe Public to become St. Nick for a bit and respond to letters from children that are addressed to the Jolly Old Elf. Nearly a million letters are sent “Santa Claus” and the “North Pole,” but the letters remain in the area they were mailed (unless they contain a completely crazy Alaska address).
The doing good part is simple: Show up, register and then sit down to respond to letters that kids from all over wrote to Santa Claus. If you want, you can even respond to a specific Christmas Wish by working with the USPS to buy and send the requested gift. Craft a thoughtful note, bring some joy, help some dreams come true and the USPS does the rest. Not bad, hunh?
You can help specifically at the James Farley Gigantor Midtown Post Office at 34th and 8th, which handles more letters to Santa than any other Post Office in the country.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Thursday open to 7:00 PM through 12/23
Where: James Farley Post Office – 34th Street & 8th Avenue
Category: Holidays, Doing Some Good,
All Locations Nationwide: http://www.operationlettertosanta.com/Pages/chapters.htm