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The US Postal Service has been receiving letters addressed to Santa Claus for over 100 years. In 1912 Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock began allowing employees and the public to respond to the letters. The program became known as "Operation Santa" (and "Letters to Santa"). Cities across the country participate by working with individuals, charities, schools, and businesses to respond to and/or fulfill the wishes included in the letters.