As you wish

A video available in English and with Spanish captions shows customers how they can participate in a treasured holiday tradition: USPS Operation Santa.

The program allows generous people and organizations to adopt letters to help Santa Claus fulfill the holiday wish lists of children, as well as some adults, experiencing hardship.

The 90-second animated spot is hosted by Holly, the program’s holiday helper. She offers a checklist for children on completing their wish list and mailing it in time for Christmas.

For example, children should include their full name, age and return address in the letter and on the envelope. When it comes to listing what they want, they are encouraged to be specific about the names of any games, toys or books as well as the size, style and color for clothes and shoes.

Holly also suggests a parent or guardian review the letter before sending. Remember to place it in a stamped envelope addressed to Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888. Letters should be postmarked no later than Dec. 12.

The video also explains how customers can go to to read and adopt letters.

The program started accepting letters this year on Sept. 15. Registration to adopt letters began Nov. 14. Letters will be available for adoption from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19.

The Postal Service will share the how-to video on social media and other channels, including the organization’s Holiday Newsroom and Postal Communicator’s Toolbox on Blue, throughout the season.

It’s so easy

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.

Field trip

Letter Carrier Bruno Zuniga appreciates the historical buildings he has delivered to in Elgin, IL.

“These structures are iconic. That’s what attracts me to them, the art of the buildings. And I can imagine how former carriers used to walk from the Post Office right out to their routes,” Zuniga said.

Located west of Chicago, Elgin is known as the city in the suburbs and has a population of almost 115,000. Its history is displayed in the many buildings Zuniga has delivered to over the years, including the Elgin History Museum (1856), Elgin Natural History Museum (1907), the Elgin Observatory (1910) and the art deco Tower Building completed in 1929.

The city was home to the Elgin National Watch Co. from 1864 to 1968. Today, Elgin is recognized for its historical architecture and landmarks from the Victorian era, including homes in the Queen Anne style. Many of the historical homes once belonged to the watch company’s executives.

Zuniga is one of several employees participating in “We Go Everywhere,” a USPS communications campaign that offers a front-row seat to some of the most beautiful and noteworthy places where postal employees conduct their rounds.

Originally from Texas, Zuniga moved to Elgin and has worked at the Elgin Post Office for 17 years.

He also takes history to heart on his job and said he continues the traditions and work habits of the colleagues he was trained by throughout his postal career.

“I try to keep the tradition of what carriers did back then alive today,” he said.