Santa’s little helpers

New York District Marketing Manager Allen Tanko, “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb and New York City Postmaster Kevin Crocilla gather during a break from filming the recent Operation Santa segment.

NBC’s “Today” showcased the Postal Service’s Operation Santa program in a segment that aired last week.

The 5-minute report shows co-host Hoda Kotb and a group of New York City children gathering at the James A. Farley Post Office to review Operation Santa letters.

Through the program, USPS employees, customers and others help people in need by “adopting” their letters to Santa Claus and granting their holiday wishes.

One letter included in Kotb’s report came from a boy who wrote that he and his five brothers want to give their deserving mom “the best Christmas ever.”

During the segment, after the children choose the letters they want to adopt, Kotb takes the kids outside — where they’re surprised to see a tractor-trailer full of new toys.

“We just brought the toy store to you,” Kotb tells the children.

After choosing toys for the letter writers, the children return to the Post Office, where the gifts are prepared for delivery.

The kids also write encouraging notes to the letter writers.

The segment is available on the “Today” site. Some employees may be unable to watch external videos on postal computers.

The USPS Holiday Newsroom site has more information about Operation Santa.