Give some magic

Registration has opened for USPS Operation Santa, the annual program that allows people to “adopt” letters to help Santa Claus grant holiday wishes to others experiencing hardship.

Beginning Nov. 14, anyone wanting to adopt a letter can go to, select the registration link and follow the prompts.

For security reasons, all prospective adopters must register to create an account and have their identities verified before they can participate. If someone has adopted letters in the past, a new account must be created, and they must be verified each year.

Letters will be available for adoption beginning Nov. 28. Verified adopters can read the letters and select one or more at that time.

Businesses and other organizations can also get into the spirt of the season by creating teams to adopt letters. Everyone participating on a team must also complete the verification process.

Once the letters are chosen, the adopters must follow the directions they received in their welcome email to fulfill requested holiday wishes.

Letter adopters are also responsible for all costs to ship the gift packages, including appropriate postage.

If potential adopters are unable to verify their identity online, they have the option to get verified in person. Customers will be emailed a barcode and the location of the nearest participating Post Office location; qualifying offices can be found online using the locator tool.

The annual program began accepting letters from those in need on Sept. 15 — six weeks earlier than last year. Letters sent to USPS Operation Santa must be postmarked no later than Dec. 12. The deadline to adopt letters is Dec. 19.

A Nov. 14 news release explains how to participate in the program.

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Delivering for Main Street

USPS business lead development specialists are taking on a new role: ambassador for the organization’s new Delivering for Main Street small-business initiative.

Developed by the Small Business Solutions team, Delivering for Main Street has three components:

• The Employee Engagement Lead Generation Program, which encourages all employees to look for new revenue opportunities and submit sales leads to support local small-business growth.

• A new small-business outreach program, which emphasizes how the Postal Service can be a partner for small business in the marketplace.

• The USPS Loyalty Program, which provides credits to small businesses for using Click-N-Ship to purchase Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express services.

“Delivering for Main Street is our team’s strategy to implement the Postal Service’s larger Delivering for America plan and position the USPS as the industry leader in providing solutions for small businesses,” said Peter Timko, small-business solutions manager at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

The initiative was unveiled last month during a summit for business lead development specialists.

The main role of business lead development specialists is to motivate USPS employees to participate in the employee lead programs. They educate employees on what small-business needs are and how the Postal Service can help meet those needs, Lou DeRienzo, a small-business senior specialist, explained.

“The business lead development specialists are out there every day motivating USPS employees to speak to our customers,” said Dorothy Muir, a small-business senior specialist. “By understanding the direction of the Delivering for Main Street strategy, they now have the tools necessary to grow participation in the employee lead programs.”

More information on the Small Business Solutions team, and on how to submit a lead, can be found on Blue.

It is easy to do

The Postal Service is reminding employees to use PostalEASE to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or the USPS Health Benefits Plan.

PostalEASE can be accessed from the Benefits Enrollment Changes section of the Open Season LiteBlue page, or by calling the employee service line at 877-477-3273 and selecting option 1. The Federal Relay Service number is 800-877-8339.

You will need your employee identification number and password.

To make changes to dental or vision plans, log on to the BENEFEDS site or call 877-888-3337 (TTY: 877-899-5680).

To enroll in a flexible spending account, use the FSAFEDS site or call 877-372-3337 (TTY: 866-353-8058).

If you’re still unsure of which plans are right for you, Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees on the Open Season LiteBlue page offers guidance.

Open season ends Monday, Dec. 12.