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USPS fears first year without a Santa Claus since 1912

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For the first time in over 100 years, the US Postal Service is reporting that its 'Operation Santa' program could leave many needy families across Southern California with nothing but a blue Christmas.

Also known as 'Letters to Santa', the original USPS Operation Santa program began in 1912 and each year has provided children in need the opportunity to have their Christmas wish letters to Santa answered by volunteers in the community. According to a USPS spokesperson, last year they were able to answer more than 450 requests, but with this year's economic downturn hundreds of letters may go unanswered.

According to the LA Times, many of this year's letters are not requests for toys, but for food, clothing, shoes and toiletries. One request for a toy was a young girl seeking a truck for her little brother saying, '"he make-believes our shoes are cars and trucks."

This year Los Angeles has three branches among the 17 participating in the charity event nationwide (down from 75 branches in 2011), with offices in South Central LA, Santa Ana, and Santa Clarita accepting monetary donations and wrapped gifts from corporations and individuals who would like to adopt a deserving family this holiday season by choosing one or more letters to Santa (up to 10 per volunteer) and fulfilling the request(s).

To get involved, simply bring a valid photo ID on Thursday, December 12th or Tuesday, December 17th between 11am and 1pm to one of the following participating Letters to Santa USPS locations: 7001 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles; 3101 W. Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana; 28201 Franklin Pkwy, Santa Clarita.

The LA Modeling Examiner is excited to join other local models, actors and celebrities participating in this year's Operation Santa program with the USPS. To find out more, follow LA Modeling Examiner on Twitter

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