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‘Operation Santa’ reveals kids’ heartbreaking Christmas letters

'Operation Santa' reveals kids' heartbreaking Christmas letters

Prepare for a Yule-tidal wave of tears.

Christmas may be the season of cheer, but each year, children send in some truly tearjerking requests to the North Pole.

The phenomenon is part of the US Postal Service’s annual “Operation Santa” tradition in which they accept letters to Saint Nick and then invite good Samaritans to fulfill the sender’s holiday wish, per a USPS statement.

These gut-wrenching notes from Christmases past are enough to make the biggest Grinch’s heart grow three sizes. They’ve been edited for clarity.

“Dear Santa: I wish I could help my grandmother and granddad,” wrote 12-year-old Taja last year in a particularly heartfelt note. “They always help other people but now they are both sick and can’t do much these days so I’m reaching out to you.”

“Dear Santa: I want one thing,” wrote Vicky. “I’ve been a good girl and I want to ask you if you please get me a new power wheelchair. My wheelchair is very old and it does not want to work. I am very sad. Please Santa, bring me a power wheelchair. I don’t want nothing else. If you can bring my service dogs some healthy treats. Thank you Santa.”

Taja, 12, wrote: “Dear Santa: I wish I could help my grandmother and granddad. They always help other people but now they are both sick and can’t do much these days so I’m reaching out to you.”

Almir wrote, “Dear Santa: I am writing to you to see if you can help my family. My mom passed from cervical cancer. Even though I’m a boy and was always told not to cry it is still hard not having my mommy around. My dad is having a hard time taking care of us. I know the weather is changing and hopefully you can help us with a warm coat and gloves. Thank you so much Santa.”

Fortunately, seasonal Samaritans can help make the kids’ wishes comes true by “adopting” them through the USPS website beginning December 4. There’s even a tear-jerking documentary about the “Operation Santa” initiative, “Dear Santa,” which will be released on the same day.

The official trailer for “Dear Santa”

How ‘Operation Santa’ works:

After verifying their identity, surrogate Santas are invited to browse the list of accepted letters for a worthy candidate (whose names and addresses are removed before publishing), and send or bring their gift to a participating post office. USPS encourages gift cards, rather than cash or checks, which are not recommended due to privacy concerns.

Participants are allowed — and even encouraged — to adopt more than one kid. This year’s letters will be accepted until December 15, and will be posted on the USPS website starting Friday.

“Let’s face it, this year has been a struggle for so many people in more ways than one,” the USPS said in a statement. “Thoughts of kids, the holidays and wondering how to provide for them may also be weighing heavily on many. But take heart, Santa and the Postal Service are way ahead of you, and are here to help.”

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