There’s no denying the holidays look different this year no matter who you are or where you are in the world; we all can agree there has been a lot of heartbreak associated with 2020.
Recently, USPS shared some of the letters they’ve been receiving on behalf of Santa, and it’s proof that 2020 isn’t just affecting adults. These kids’ letters to Santa show the devastating effects 2020 has had on our youth.
It’s easy to forget that they hear and see everything; so whether your family has been impacted by the pandemic due to illness, or financial loss or a change in jobs, they’re seeing it. The one thing that stands out in these letters is they’re not asking for much for themselves, but wanting to see their parents be okay, and I think that’s something that as a mom myself, hurts my heart the most.
“Dear Santa, Hello, how are you? My name is Julian, I am 10 years old. My wish is money for my parents. $100 would help us a lot. They’re having a rough time with the bills. We also need internet so I can study and so my dad can look up my brother’s grade. I also want bikes so we can ride as a family. Thank you very much. Merry Christmas.”
Alani, age 9, who would like some legos and something for her mom, who works so hard for their family, and who isn’t able to work as much because of the pandemic, and is therefore is not able to afford gifts this year.
Or four year old Aidan, who lost both his dad and grandpa this year. And who is asking for Santa to bring his mom some happiness.
And McKinlie, who wants her family to get along again, because her family means everything to her.
The Post Office Gives Back with Operation Santa
The United States Postal Service has accepted letters to Santa for over a century, but it didn’t start doing something about it until 1912, when Frank Hitchcock, the acting postmaster general at the time, began having his staff respond to some of the letters received.
In 2017, major cities started adopting the process of responding to certain letters and giving back to kids and families in need. This is the first year that Operation Santa is open across the entire United States for people who want to “adopt” a letter or family to give back to this Christmas season.
How Operation Santa Works
You can go online and read through letters. When you find one that touches your heart, or one that speaks to you, you can “adopt” that kiddo/family by buying them a gift (remember, this is coming from Santa, so don’t give away that it’s coming from you!), and drop off at your local post office by December 19th. For the full program details, including any guidelines for shipping, you can read more at the official USPS Operation Santa site.