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Every year, the USPS gets tons of letters to Santa from children from all over the country, many of whom come from low-income families where the holidays present quite a hardship. Well, this year, the USPS is helping to make these kids’ wishes come true with their USPS Operation Santa.

Related: How to make a special child’s holiday wish come true

You can head over to the website, then peruse the scans of letters to Santa (like this one) from kids and parents. You can even adopt a letter from a family. Then, you’ll need to sign-in to the USPS site. Be patient: it’s buggy and it took me a few tries to complete the verification process, and even then it said it didn’t work when it did. Chances are, they’re getting slammed right now. After I entered the code a few times (and got an error message), I just went back to the adopt page, chose a letter, and I was good to go.

When you finally choose a letter, the USPS will email you with more details about what to gift the child and where to send it. This is such a sweet way to make a special child’s holiday wish come true. And a wonderful way to teach your kids the joy of gratitude and giving, which for us is what this season is all about.

Kristen is CEO/Co-Founder of Cool Mom Picks and a busy mom of four kids in the Philly ‘burbs. Though really, name a mom who isn’t busy.
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