'Operation Santa' Kicking Off This Week

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Letters to Santa are already coming into the James A. Farley Post Office on West 33rd Street as part of the United States Postal Service’s “Operation Santa” program.

The program, which has operated for more than 100 years, enables members of the public and charities to respond to letters from children that are addressed to Santa Claus in the North Pole.

Some of the requests are for popular items such as tablets and video games.

“Dear Santa, guess what? I’m surprised that you are real. People are saying you’re not real, they are wrong because I would never be writing you this letter. What I want for Christmas is a mini iPad so that I can do my homework,” one girl wrote.

A 9-year-old boy wrote to Santa Claus asking for some games for his Wii system, sneakers and presents for his parents.

But other letters are a bit more heart-wrenching.

One teenage boy asked for sheets for the beds of his three younger brothers.

“My mom feels bad because she can’t buy us the things we wish to have. I hope you and your family have the best Christmas ever,” the letter read.

But USPS Chief Elf Pete Fontana said not all the letters are from children.

Fontana said one single mother wrote, “I just want to see my children smile and be happy on Christmas for at least one Christmas Day, please.”

New York City’s Letters to Santa program is the largest in the country, receiving more than a half-million letters each year, according to the Postal Service.

Secret Santas are needed and can adopt a letter at participating post offices and the main branch from Dec. 4 through  Christmas Eve.

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