12/18/2010 05:27 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Operation Santa': Postal Service, Good Samaritans Team Up To Fulfill Christmas Wishes

Each winter, the New York City Post Office dedicates a team of workers to opening the millions of letters that pour in for Santa.

Local volunteers also pitch in, offering to buy gifts for needy kids who pen the letters -- like one 8-year-old boy whose unemployed father can't provide him winter clothes.

Together, this team of people make holiday wishes a reality.

NBC Nightly News went behind the scenes at Operation Santa in New York City.