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INDIANAPOLIS — This year has been different than most, but one thing is certain: Christmas is coming, and with it, comes the U.S. Postal Service and Operation Santa.

The USPS established Operation Santa in 1912 as a way to help children in need experience the joy of opening gifts during the holidays. Since Operation Santa began, millions of children and their families have been helped by the kindness of others.

To participate in the USPS Operation Santa program as a possible recipient of holiday gifts, all you have to do is write a letter, put it in a stamped envelope with a return address, and send it to Santa’s official workshop address (as seen below). Letters will be accepted through Dec. 15.

A graphic showing Santa's address.

(Photo provided by the USPS.)

To participate in Operation Santa as a gift-giver, all you need to do is visit the USPS Operation Santa website, read through the letters, and choose one or more letter writers to “adopt”. Adopters then purchase gifts and ship them.