At this time of year there are a lot of wonderful opportunities to help others that are less fortunate. Such as Angels Trees and Toys for Tots but I have recently learned about a program that the United States Postal Service participates in called Letters to Santa that I have decided to volunteer with.
Letters for Santa offers children a chance to write a letter to Santa Claus with the possibility of having their holiday wishes coming true. The USPS has participated in this program for just over 101 years. Thousands of letters are received each year addressed to the North Pole from children who are listing which toy or toys they want most on Christmas morning. With this program, authorized employees and volunteers have been given the opportunity to read the letters that are received and “weed out” the ones that express serious need. Those letters are then modified to protect the child’s privacy by blocking out the address and then allowed to be given to a person who wishes to “adopt” the letter. The person that has adopted the letter then is given the chance to fulfill a wish or two that was requested and pay for the postage for the package to be sent back to the child.
I think that this is such a wonderful program and offers a great chance for me to be able to teach my children about the spirit of giving to those children who are less fortunate instead of just receiving. Not all post offices participate so if this is something that you are interested in doing, make sure you call your local post office to find out how you can help.