Christmas Eve surprise

Santa and Elf 2

To brighten the holidays for children this year, Reser’s Fine Foods and Meadows Elementary School in Topeka, KS, teamed up with USPS to provide gifts to children in less fortunate situations.

Meadows Elementary identified children within the school who could use extra help and asked them to write letters to Santa. Reser’s received those letters and purchased gifts for each as well as other children within the same households. After wrapping the gifts, Reser’s handed them off to USPS.


Topeka, KS, Main Office City Carrier Assistant Billy Barkemeyer, dressed as Santa Claus, along with City Carrier Assistant Rayling Mack delivered the special items to the children. The youngsters were both surprised and overjoyed at seeing Santa arrive on Christmas Eve to deliver the gifts.

Daniel Promising to be good next year too

Postal Service Letters From Santa Program


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
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.


  • 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.

Santa’s Helpers

Acting Consumer and Industry Contact Manager Michelle Cotton along with Operation Santa Coordinator Kathy Jaramillo showcase some of the many letters received from children.

Acting Consumer and Industry Contact Manager Michelle Cotton along with Operation Santa Coordinator Kathy Jaramillo showcase some of the many letters received from children.

During this past holiday season, many children received more than festively wrapped presents and good cheer. Helpful Colorado/Wyoming District employee volunteers, also known as Santa’s elves, worked diligently to respond to letters received from children in Colorado, Wyoming and surrounding states. More than 60 employees personally responded to 4,000 letters received from children.

Operation Santa Coordinator Kathy Jaramillo enjoys the opportunity to brighten the smiles of children during the holidays.

“I’ve really enjoyed reading the letters that children have written to Santa,” said Jaramillo.

Acting Consumer and Industry Contact Manager Michelle Cotton is particularly grateful for the dedicated efforts by volunteers.

“I want to thank everyone who wrote letters, donated stamps and gave of their time to make Operation Santa 2014 such a success,” said Cotton. “Without the dedication of our volunteers, we could not have provided such a Merry Christmas to the over 4,000 children that received return letters from Santa.

“I also want to give a special thanks to our Operation Santa Coordinator Kathy Jaramillo who spent countless hours preparing and sending out packets to all our Santa’s helpers.”

Letters From Santa


When your child sends a letter to Santa, would you like an “official” looking reply sent in return? You can do just that with the Letters From Santa program, complete with a special postmark from the North Pole, AK.

To participate in the program, follow these steps:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her.
  3. Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.”
  4. When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter, i.e., “Santa is so proud that you volunteered to help ____,” or “Santa is really impressed with the great job you’re doing in school — especially with math,” etc. Sign it “Santa Claus” followed by “P.S. Get to bed early Christmas Eve.”
  5. Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to your child at home. Be sure to include: “Santa Claus, North Pole,” as the return address on the envelope. Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp — such as a recently issued Santa or Rudolph Forever stamp.
  6. Place the stamped envelope in a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope) with adequate postage addressed to:

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

The Anchorage Postmaster will open the envelope, remove Santa’s letter addressed to your child, apply the North Pole postmark and mail it back home.

When your child receives the letter, ask him or her to open it and read it to you. Have your camera ready to go before hand and capture the special moment by taking plenty of photos. Be sure to post them on Twitter and Facebook afterward using the hashtag #SantaLetters to share the excitement with others. Also, keep the letters and photos in a scrapbook as a great family keepsake.

Letters to Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 15, 2014, so mail them early.

Letters to Santa

Letters to santa 2013

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.

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