The red Schwinn’s fenders were so shiny they reflected the lights on our Christmas tree. I was 9 years old, and that bicycle represented freedom to me.
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.
The volunteers said there are the typical Christmas requests for items like iPods and Playstations and ponies, but the letters this year are a bit more heart-wrenching than usual.
“Dear Santa” letters arrive by the thousands, and each year kind-hearted people bring Operation Santa Claus to life by answering “Dear Santa” letters from needy children who would otherwise have no Christmas at all.
The holiday season is in full swing and you can become a hero by helping the United States Postal Service in “Operation Santa.”
The program, which has operated for nearly 100 years, enables members of the public and charities to respond to letters from children that are addressed to Santa Claus.
New York postal officials say their Santa program is the largest in the country and gets about 500,000 letters a year from needy children.