Postal Service Letters From Santa Program

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NORTH POLE — Yes, there is a Santa Claus — and the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter,  complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
  3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  5. Ensure the envelope is affixed with a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a recently issued Charlie Brown Christmas stamp.
  6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope — with appropriate postage, and address it to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service, will take care of the rest.

Letters to Santa holiday fact sheet (PDF)

Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.

Tips

  • To save paper, write on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
  • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year. For example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity for Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

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Special Olympics Letter Writing Campaign

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Letter Writing Campaign

In honor of the release of the Special Olympics World Games Forever stamp, the U.S. Postal Service is inviting the American public to write letters of encouragement to Special Olympics USA athletes.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Start with a salutation, such as “Dear Athlete” or “Dear Special Olympics athlete.”
  • Express your thanks to them for representing the United States at the World Games.
  • Share a little about yourself: family, hobbies, school, or pets.
  • Talk about your favorite sport or event at the World Games.
  • Still can’t find the words to express your support? Draw a picture instead using the Special Olympics World Games logo!
  • Use your first name only and no addresses please.
  • Please do not include, nor ask for, personal contact information such as names, phone numbers, or e-mail addresses.

Mail your letters to:

Special Olympics USA
c/o National Events
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, RM 10545
Washington, D.C. 20260

Sending letters and cards through the mail is a meaningful, more joyful way to connect with one another, and a handwritten letter or colorful drawing has a greater impact than an email or text. Show your love and support for athletes competing in the Special Olympics World Games.

Ailing Boy’s Love of Mail Swamps Post Office

Bubby Everson and his mother look over the mail for Bubby at the Graham, WA, Post Office.

Bubby Everson and his mother look over the mail for Bubby at the Graham, WA, Post Office.

It’s never easy to accept the diagnosis of a terminal illness of a loved one, particularly when a child is involved. For one young boy in Graham, WA, the severe effects of his illness are partially mitigated by the outpouring of love and support from strangers across the world through a familiar medium.

Bubby Everson contracted the Cytomegalovirus at birth. The virus has caused many severe forms of illness for Bubby, and his doctors have said it’s only a matter of time before the virus takes its deadly toll. While Bubby struggles with the effects of his illness on a daily basis, he continues to receive a daily source of joy from the mail. When his parents turned to social media to ask people to send mail to Bubby for his ninth birthday (Feb. 11), the response was overwhelming

The family rented a Post Office Box at their hometown Post Office in Graham, WA, about 40 miles southeast of Seattle to handle the increased volume. Cards, letters and packages have poured in from across the United States and around the world, accounting for as much as 70 percent of the office’s total daily mail volume.

Bubby has been delighted with the outpouring of support and will enjoy opening his special birthday messages for some time to come.

The back of the family vehicle full of mail for Bubby Everson.

The back of the family vehicle full of mail for Bubby Everson.

“Why Should I Choose Your Team?”

Why should I choose your team

That’s the question a 12-year old boy from Yukon, OK, asked in a series of hand-written letters mailed to each team in the NFL.

In his letters, Cade Pope describes the team preferences of his parents and brother. Undecided on which team he should cheer for, he opted to ask each to describe why he should cheer for them. To his pleasure, Cade received an enthusiastic response.

Carolina Panthers Owner Danny Richardson mailed a hand-written response back to Cade outlining the reasons he should be a Panthers fan. In addition to the personal note, Richardson sent a package that contained a signed replica helmet.

San Francisco 49ers Co-Chairman John York also sent a personal response in an email to Cade.

Before he makes a final decision, the young future lifetime fan will wait a while longer to give other teams an opportunity to respond.

One Last Concert

Downtown Denver Station Retail Associate Jason Meding holds some of the more colorful pieces of mail that were mailed from Grateful Dead fans looking to score tickets.

Downtown Denver Station Retail Associate Jason Meding holds some of the more colorful pieces of mail that were mailed from Grateful Dead fans looking to score tickets.

Twenty years ago, the Grateful Dead performed their last concert at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. The lead guitarist, Jerry Garcia, passed away one month later, and the remaining band members went their separate ways.

Founded in 1965, four of the original band members have teamed up to perform one last concert in the year of their 50th anniversary. Joining Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Phil Lesh for their final concert is Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chiment.

Following tradition, the band is making tickets available exclusively by money order sent through the mail before opening sales to other means on Feb. 12.

In addition to sending a money order for the cost of tickets, individuals must include a 3×5 index card containing their names and contact information as well as type and number of tickets desired. Inclusion of a self-addressed, stamped envelope is also required for mailing tickets to the purchaser.

Decorated envelopes are encouraged. Individuals who submit them will be entered in a Fabulous Envelope contest. The top three designs will be featured as the commemorative ticket artwork for the show. Winning artists will also receive two tickets each to the show of their choice.

Mail for Addie

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Addie Fausett peers through her PO Box after removing its contents.

 

The holidays are a time when many enjoy the company and friendship of others. For one 6-year old in Fountain Green, UT, the outpouring of joy and well-wishes from a global community have provided her with a lifetime of friendship in a single holiday season.

Addie Fausett is struggling with an undiagnosed condition that has caused cerebral atrophy. The deteriorating condition of her brain has prompted Addie’s doctors to give her parents the news that she likely has only a year left to live.

Addie’s grandparents wanted to make this Christmas a special one for the struggling little girl, so they made the suggestion for her to receive a lifetime of Christmas cards this year. The family worked together to make that dream come true, but the flood of support and friendship didn’t end there. An avalanche of cards, letters and presents began to pour in from across the globe once the family shared Addie’s story on social media.

“One of Addie’s favorite things to do is pick up the mail. To see so many cards and packages addressed to her from people around the world is truly heart-warming,” said Fountain Green Postal Support Employee Barbara Gordon. “Seeing the world rally around Addie through the mail is a wonderful thing.”

On a single day last week, Addie received more than 95,000 cards, letters and packages, nearly 100 times the normal volume for the entire town of just over 1,000 residents. The powerful surge in mail volume for Addie has prompted the addition of extra employees from nearby Post Offices to assist. Salt Lake City District Manager Jimmy Wolf was also moved by Addie’s story and added to her collection by sending her a USPS blanket, cap, and an Olympic First Day of Issue cachet.

“The bravery of this little girl serves as a humbling example to us all of the endurance of the human spirit,” said Wolf.

If you’d like to send a special item to Addie, address it to:
Box 162, Fountain Green, UT 84632.

Letters to Santa

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When your child sends a letter to Santa, would you like to send back an “official” looking reply? You can do just that with a postmark from North Pole, AK.

Place your special message inside an envelope addressed to your child, affix the correct amount of postage, add “Santa, North Pole” as the return address, then place the envelope inside a larger envelope and mail it to the address above. The postmark also works well with cards and letters sent to other family members and friends too.

All cards and letters must be received in Anchorage, AK, by Dec. 10, so mail them soon.

Letter Privacy Stronger Than E-mail

Letter privacy

Letters provide a close, personal way to communicate with people around they world. Sealed up inside every envelope is an opportunity to receive correspondence in an intimate, tactile way. Nobody, other than the recipient, can touch it without permission or they’ll face pursuit by the Inspection Service. The same benefits don’t apply to e-mail.

A hacker can’t snatch letter mail anonymously out of the digital air, but if they successfully crack the password of an e-mail account, they can have access to everything in it. That includes all sent and received e-mails still stored in the account as well as contact information for everyone in an address book.

Criminals who attempt to steal letter mail will be tracked down by the Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, and brought to justice. The Inspection Service is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States, and has the necessary resources to carry out its investigations.

An e-mail might have a speed advantage over a letter, but that convenience comes with the price of persistent vigilance.

What are some other advantages of writing a letter over an e-mail?

Bringing Personal Letters Out of the Phone

Bringing personal letters

There are billions of text messages sent around the world each day. As that number continues to rise every year, individuals accustomed to sending them become more dependent on digital messages than physical ones. With the introduction of a new app, one company hopes to convert those electronic messages back to physical ones.

The new service, called Lettrs, is a cell phone application that gives users the option to type a special message to someone on their phone and have that message sent to the recipient in printed form through the mail. The user can choose the type of font, paper, and envelope replete with a handwritten destination for an added personal touch. The paper can also be scented and a wax seal applied to the back of the envelope for enhanced effect.

The app offers to bridge the gap between digital and physical messaging in a fast paced world. It also gives recipients the chance to save a physical copy of a special message for continued enjoyment in the years to come.

For those individuals always on the go, it could be an opportunity to send a warm message through the mail when a pen and paper aren’t within reach.

Do you think there will be a strong enough demand for this service to support its growth?

Calling All Authors, Photographers and Story Tellers!

Hello all, Benny here. I love writing stories about as much as I enjoy reading them. In fact, I used to write for my brothers’ newspaper when I first got started, but I wasn’t satisfied with just my own perspective. That’s too boring! So, without James knowing about it, I wrote under the pseudo name Silence Dogood among others. I had a lot of fun with that, and to this day I’m not sure my brother ever knew it was me. Keep that just between us though, ok?

Like I said, I enjoy reading stories, and the more the better. That’s where you come in. I’m looking for stories from other perspectives that stir my soul. Stories that are fun, adventurous, and downright quirky. A photo or two to capture the essence of your literary voyage would be wonderful if you could toss that in too.

I want to hear from you, and I’m sure I’m not the only one either. This is your postal blog as much as it is mine, so send me your creative postal stories about life, work, and even that turkey running across the employee parking lot to escape the farmer down the road.

I think it’s time for a snack, so send me those stories while I get ready for lunch. Hope to hear from you soon!

Benny

  • Hello, I'm Benny the Blogger: I'm the world's most famous postal employee. My hobbies are snappy quotes, kite flying and publishing. I was born Jan. 17, 1706, but don't call me old.

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