I’ve always thought the holidays are a good way to help us celebrate the arrival of winter. I have plenty of special memories of holidays past — of warm embraces from loved ones, the smells and tastes of all those holiday goodies, and yes, those presents!As part of the oldest federal law enforcement agency, all of the 2,400 Inspectors, Postal Police Officers, and technical and support employees who make up our Postal Inspection Service work hard every day to ensure that your packages and mail arrive in excellent condition.We aren’t just dedicated law enforcement professionals. We are also mothers, fathers, spouses, sons and daughters — and we count on the Postal Service to deliver our packages the same way you do.That’s why we take the safety of your mail so seriously, and why we work so hard on a number of different fronts to ensure it. The Postal Inspection Service takes a comprehensive, community-based approach to mail theft and other security issues, as well as to prevention through public outreach and education, through increased law enforcement presence, and through partnering with other law enforcement agencies to arrest mail thieves.We’re relentless in our efforts. But, you need to do your part to help ensure those special cards and packages are sent and arrive to their destinations safely. We have some important tips you can use not just during the holidays, but all year long. Please take a moment to look at these — as they say, knowledge IS power.All of us at the Postal Inspection Service hope you and your loved ones have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. EnjS. POSTAL SERVICE, USPS OPERATION SANTA POSTAL SERVICE, USPS OPERATION SANTA

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Family tradition. For many families, one holiday tradition is for their children to write letters to Santa. These letters are often children’s first correspondence. Many children ask for toys and games, some ask for clothes to stay warm, and others simply ask for help for themselves and their loved ones.
Santa responds. The beauty of Operation Santa is the way the program provides a mechanism to respond to children. The holiday season is all about believing that anything is possible, and Operation Santa reinforces that belief. In many Post Offices, employees respond to the thousands of letters by providing a written response signed by Santa. Other Post Offices may work with local schools, municipalities and community groups who volunteer for the joyous task.
Wishes fulfilled. Other Post Offices have Holiday Helpers and Elves that work to make children’s wishes come true. They make sure that children and their family’s personal information is protected. Individuals can come into the Post Office, read through several letters and, if they choose, adopt a letter to fulfill. Once a letter is adopted, the individual will bring the fulfilled gift back to the Post Office facility and pay for postage for the Postal Service to deliver. A list of those locations is available on usps.com/holidaynews.
Brings joy. The holiday season does something rare and beautiful in many of us and Operation Santa gives us the opportunity to experience wonder and joy by helping others and creating hope.
For more information on Operation Santa and the Letters to Santa program please visit usps.com/holidaynews.Holly the Elf Tags: CHRISTMAS, HOLIDAY MAIL, MAIL, U.Holiday Greetings From the U.S. Postal Inspection Service It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us, and another year is drawing to a close. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were basking in the summer sun’s warm rays?Nevertheless,