News Release, US Postal Service
Special Holiday Postmark and Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter available
COLLEGE PARK, MD — The U.S. Postal Service will lend Santa Claus a helping hand collecting letters from children at the College Park Aviation Museum’s annual Santa Fly-In on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD.
Watch Santa fly into historic College Park Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m. After landing, he’ll stroll into the museum’s Main Gallery to greet and take pictures with children. Many holiday arts and crafts workshops will be available, including one that offers children the opportunity to prepare letters to Santa.
Children of all ages can add fun, festive seasonal flair to their holiday cards or letters with a special postmark to commemorate the Santa Fly-In event and the 100th anniversary of airmail. USPS will offer an assortment of holiday stamps. There’s a $5 entrance fee, which includes museum admission.
At the event, children in the Washington, DC and Baltimore area will be able to write letters to Santa for USPS Operation Santa, an online program where customers nationwide can anonymously adopt and fulfill children’s letters to Santa Claus.
Letters written to Santa need to be stamped and mailed to Santa’s official Postal Service address:
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888
Those interested in adopting a letter can go to USPSOperationSanta.com and complete a short registration and identity verification process before reading through the letters and adopting them.
Deserving children in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas can write and mail a letter to Santa at any time from now through Dec. 14, 2019. All needed information can be found at USPSOperationSanta.com/getinvolved.
Parents will also be able to get information on how their child can receive a response from Santa in the mail, complete with a North Pole postmark.
The College Park Airport played a major role in postal history. The Post Office Department initiated regular U.S. Air Mail Service from College Park Airfield in Maryland to New York City on Aug. 12, 1918. This 218-mile route was the first step in establishing a transcontinental route by air.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.