Tuesday, the USPS launched its national Letters to Santa program. In the Bay Area, people are invited to go to the main post offices in San Francisco or Oakland and select letters to Santa and then fulfill their gift requests.
People who take part in the program say they're surprised that many of the requests are for a basic necessity or something for a relative.
"It's good for the community because it keeps the joy of the holidays and Santa alive," MaryGrace Cruz said. "Last year we got over 5,000 letters and we actually fulfilled 1,700 letters last year, which is a record breaker for us."
The Postal Service hopes to beat that record this year and answer at least 2,000 letters.