People can "adopt" letters written to Santa and send responses and gifts back to the sender to make their holidays a little brighter.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The USPS is taking Operation Santa nationwide and virtual this year.

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USPS Operation Santa allows people and organizations to “adopt” letters written to Santa and then send responses and gifts in St. Nick’s place.

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The Postal Service has been receiving letters to Santa for more than 100 years and the operation lets families and kids “have a magical holiday when they otherwise might not — one letter to Santa at a time.”

The USPS encourages customers to go online and adopt a letter. Because of the pandemic, there won’t be any in-person letter adoptions this year.

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You can learn more about sending letters or adopting them on the USPS’ website.