Remember as a kid how excited you were about Santa? You couldn’t wait to let him know what you wanted for Christmas, and when that doll or shiny new bike appeared under the tree…wow! What a feeling.

Corporate Mailing Services wanted to bring some of that same magic to a child, so we just participated in the USPS’ Operation Santa. Here’s how it works: you scroll through letters that kids have sent to Santa via the post office. “Adopt” one, get them what’s on their list, wrap then ship it via a participating post office (USPS provides a QR Code for the recipient; all addresses are kept anonymous).

Our “elves” had a great time reading through all the letters on the site; it made us feel like kids again! Ultimately, we settled on one from a single mom with two children who were asking for warm blankets and a few toys. The thought of their little faces lighting up on Christmas morning as they unwrap their presents from Santa has spread a whole lot of cheer throughout our office. And isn’t that what the season is all about?!

Between November and December, the postal service gets about 32,000 letters to Santa every day. In 1912, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock gave the OK for local postmasters to respond to them; since then, Operation Santa has gone nationwide. Every year, thousands of packages have made Christmas more magical for a child in need. It’s a terrific cause, and we’re so proud to have been part of it this year. It’s definitely going to be part of CMADS tradition. We hope you’ll join us!

Some Fun Facts About Santa:

-His sleigh is the fastest vehicle ever. With roughly 2.5 billion kids in the world, Santa has to move at a speed of 1,800 miles per second to get to all of them on Christmas Eve.

-Santa has a pilot’s license, officially granted by the U.S. government in 1927.

-Santa has a Canadian passport, authorized by the Immigration Minister in 2013 (Mrs. Claus got one, too).