It’s the Season of Giving (Back)

Last night, I attended a fundraiser to raise money for a children’s literacy program that was organized by a friend. It’s the season of charitible giving, and there are a ton of these kinds events and programs going on.

One program I especially like and have participated in previous years is “Operation Santa.” The U.S. Post Office has already received more than 100,000 letters to Santa from children, and postal employees open and sort the “needy” letters, redact personal information, and then place them in a public adoption area, where anyone can come and pick up a letter and fulfill a child’s request, which the post office then mails to the child from Santa. Details can be found at the USPS site. You get to read the letters before you choose one (or 10!) to fulfill, and they are sweet and sometimes heartbreaking.

Another program I like involves shipping care packages to our women and men in uniform, and I wrote all about that here last year.

Got a favorite program, let us know in the comments!

Photo: Kate Terhaar

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