Time to adopt

The season for giving and making wishes come true has arrived.

Beginning Nov. 20, Postal Service employees and customers can go to the USPS Operation Santa website where they can make someone’s holiday special in four steps: read, shop, wrap and ship.

The site allows visitors to read letters from children and others who are less fortunate this holiday season. Participants can pick one or more letters to adopt and follow the directions on how to fulfill the written requests.

For security reasons, participants must complete a brief registration and ID verification process before adopting a letter.

If potential adopters are unable to obtain ID verification online, they will be provided a code and instructions on how to be verified in person at a local Post Office. Once verified, the adopter will receive an email with detailed information on how to participate.

The annual program began accepting letters Sept. 18.

Letters sent with First-Class Mail postage and complete, accurate and legible return addresses have been posted on the USPS Operation Santa site. Dec. 11 is the last day to send letters to Santa at 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888.

The deadline to adopt letters is Dec. 18, which is also when adopters are encouraged to ship packages by Priority Mail.

The USPS Operation Santa program is 111 years old and continues to rely solely on the kindness and generosity of strangers. It allows people to help children and families enjoy the holidays safely, securely and anonymously.

The Postal Service’s recent news release provides tips to reduce shipping costs as letter adopters are responsible for postage fees to ship gift packages.

USPS has a video that explains how to participate in the program.

Be spoof proof

The Postal Service wants employees and contractors to know that fraudulent websites continue to pose a cybersecurity threat to the organization.

Cybercriminals create fake websites that mimic legitimate sites to steal money or information.

An example: The organization’s LiteBlue site has been spoofed using the fake www.liteblue-secure.com address.

The legitimate LiteBue site is located at liteblue.usps.gov.

To avoid fraudulent websites, USPS recommends employees and contractors:

• Not share login information with others, including managers, co-workers or anyone outside USPS.

• Keep their employee identification number confidential.

• Connect to USPS applications using secure connections that avoid public Wi-Fi or public computers.

• Check their account for any unusual activity every time they log into LiteBlue.

• Save the LiteBlue website address as a favorite on their browser.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages have more information.

Video prompt

An updated video reminds Postal Service employees of the importance of the open season benefits enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 13 to Dec. 11 this year.

The two-minute segment, 2023 Open Season,” notes that employees’ circumstances may change from year to year.

For example, some employees may want to add a dependent to their plan, while others may determine they no longer need a family plan and want to consider another option.

The video also explains that employees can go to the Open Season LiteBlue page to review their health plan options.

Changes to health plans can be made through PostalEASE, which is accessible through LiteBlue and Blue.