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The USPS Operation Santa program is accepting letters from people in need as the man up North gets a head start fulfilling wishes this holiday season.

The Postal Service made the announcement on Sept. 18.

The 111-year-old program provides an online way people can safely and securely help children and families have a magical holiday when they otherwise might not have the means.

Employees, customers and others can adopt letters to Santa Claus and send gifts anonymously.

The Postal Service is hoping the extra time to send letters will result in more letters available to adopt on Nov. 20 at the USPS Operation Santa website.

Letters are opened and reviewed, and personal information is redacted, before they are uploaded for adoption.

There is no age limit for letter writers. Letters are accepted from everywhere in the country and can be adopted by anyone who has successfully registered for the program. Parents can write letters for their young children.

Letter writers must include a first and last name and a complete return address (street address; apartment number, if applicable; city; state; and ZIP Code). Envelopes must be regular or business-size and have a First-Class Mail postage stamp to travel through the Postal Service network.

Multiple letters can be sent in the same envelope, but each letter must include a full name and address. The envelope might require additional postage.

Letters should be addressed to: Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole 88888.

Letters received without last names and correct return addresses cannot be uploaded.

Letters should be legible and include specific gift details, including game and book titles, clothes and shoe sizes (infant, toddler or teen), colors and styles. This information makes it easier for the letter adopter to know what to purchase.

USPS Operation Santa is not a guaranteed gift-giving program and relies solely on the generosity of others.

Letters to Santa need to be postmarked by Dec. 11.

Small worlds

The Postal Service will release its Snow Globes stamps on Sept. 19.

Adults and children alike enjoy the whimsical nature of snow globes — the flurry stirred up by a flick of the wrist that gradually settles to reveal a world in miniature.

The four stamps depict icons of the holiday season among flakes of snow, under a dome of glass.

Derry Noyes, a USPS art director, designed the stamps from oil paintings by artist Gregory Manchess.

The Forever stamps will be available in booklets of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.

Photo op

Postal Service employees who are military veterans or presently serving in the military can submit photos for possible inclusion in a video honoring Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Email submissions — including the veteran’s name, rank and USPS district — to Military Program Specialist Marty Mieras at military@usps.gov by Friday, Oct. 13.

The photos may be old or new and may reflect participation in any branch or component of the military — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, Space Force, Reserves or National Guard.

The video presentation will be released Thursday, Nov. 9.

The video will include remarks from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and will be viewable on Blue and LiteBlue for the remainder of November.

The Postal Service is one of the largest employers of veterans, with approximately 65,000 employees having served in the military.