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Yes, you can still send letters to Santa during the pandemic

The US Postal Service added a new digital option for people to send and fulfill letters for others.

Tyler Rapsey with daughter Isabelle visits with Santa Claus, with safety protocols in place, at Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, Pa., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
Tyler Rapsey with daughter Isabelle visits with Santa Claus, with safety protocols in place, at Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, Pa., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
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The U.S. Postal Service will still be getting your child’s letters to Santa Claus, with the pandemic in mind.

What’s going on?

The U.S. Postal Service’s Operation Santa, which launched Monday, will still happen in 2020, according to USA Today.

The operation — which began 108 years ago — often provides gifts to needy families and children, who send letters to Santa.

The USPS said people should send in snail mail letters to Santa from now to Dec. 15.

  • Santa’s address: “Santa Claus 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888.”

The Postal Service will be offering a digital option, where people can adopt a letter posted online to fulfill gifts for those in need. You can visit USPSOperationSanta.com for more details.

Key quote:

“2020 has seen its share of challenges affecting individuals and families in so many ways. COVID-19 resulted in job losses, temporary unemployment and, sadly, the loss of family and friends,” Postal Service spokeswoman Kim Frum told USA Today. ”Couple that with devastation from natural disasters, and it’s easy to see why USPS’ Operation Santa program is more important than ever.”

Santa and COVID-19

The Christmas season is right around the corner, and questions are being raised about what to expect due to the coronavirus pandemic. For example, authorities in Belgium said Santa Claus is exempt from COVID-19 rules. So he doesn’t have to wear a mask.

In the U.S., Santa Claus may be coming to town with a face mask and plexiglass windows, WCVB reports.