2020 really has taken its toll on us, and recent USPS's letters to Santa have shown the true extent of how kids are struggling to deal with everything this year has thrown at them.
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As weird as it sounds, Christmas is coming...
via: GettyBecause we all know that 2020 has truly been a bizarre year!
But, hey, at least it's something to look forward to...And there's a lot to love about Christmas time.
There are the gifts, the family time...The movies and the snow...
And of course, who could forget...That special visit from Santa Claus!
But this year has been a little different for all of us...And Christmas is very unlikely to be normal for anyone this year.
The pandemic has led to many struggling financially...So the stress of Christmas feels greater than ever... Especially for parents who have children excitedly awaiting gifts from Santa.
The United States Postal Service is continuing its Operation Santa program...Although this year, the letters to Santa set a much darker tone than usual.
Sadly, children aren't writing to Santa asking for material things this year.Due to this year being extra hard on families all over the country, USPS employees believe the program is needed more than ever.
Operation Santa first started in 1912...
Over the years, the program has gained popularity.
This year, USPS has been receiving letters since October and already has over 16,000 letters adopted so far.The deadline for letters is December fifteenth, and adoptions will be allowed until December nineteenth.
USPS spokesperson, Kimberly Frum, wrote about her thoughts on the letters received..."The program has always been about providing holiday gifts for families who may not have the means to provide for anything more than basic everyday needs. This year, there are likely more families impacted financially and emotionally."
Frum continued..."2020 has seen its share of challenges affecting individuals and families in so many ways. COVID-19 resulted in job losses, temporary unemployment, and, sadly, the loss of family and friends. Couple that with the devastation from natural disasters, and it’s easy to see why USPS' Operation Santa program is more important than ever."
The USPS website allows people to view letters with the possibility of adopting one you feel you can take on.
Both children and parents are asking for more practical things this year, and some of the letters are bringing people to tears.
I was trying to show marco the USPS Santa letters last night Bc I had just seen some funny ones and it ended up jus… https://t.co/beKaRKcOjK— horchata frap baby (@horchata frap baby)1606324741.0
Lots asked for Santa to cure COVID-19...While others just asked for their parents to be happy, due to many struggling without work over the festive period.
One child wrote how "this year has been very tough.""I lost my daddy and my grandpa, and my mommy is having a rough time," the child added. "Maybe you can send her some happiness."
In another letter, a boy asked for a game for christmas...
Writing: "Most of these days in COVID, I feel really down in the dumps and that game will kinda be like my way to escape reality."
Bro these USPS Operation Santa letters have me in tears https://t.co/jCA8Gi9r5i— giv (@giv)1606108075.0
A single mother of 3, recently diagnosed with cancer, also wrote to Santa...Asking for a new car because she has no money to fix hers. "I'm not asking for a brand new vehicle. Just in need of a van or a large-sized four-door car that can get us from dr appointments and the kids to school," the mom wrote.
Some children also wrote about other challenges they've faced this year, including remote learning...
One mentioned how their mom "can't get anything for me for Christmas because she is not getting paid as much so she cannot afford anything."
USPS has an operation Santa where you can buy things off of kids letters to Santa anonymously.. can’t think of a be… https://t.co/gEUlx4WPOT— Angel Turner (@Angel Turner)1607096153.0
The Postal Service hopes's that those adopting the letters will bring a "spark of happiness" to those who need it most.
"It will be hard to celebrate the holidays without loved ones, whether because of distance or actual loss. But being able to provide even the tiniest bit of normalcy or spark of happiness to those in need would mean the world to so many people right now."
Apparently every year kids send letters to Santa aka @USPS and they publish them online for you to adopt one. I’ve… https://t.co/X4dNfkOtqk— Priscilla (@Priscilla)1606939598.0