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Elf Program 2023

The holiday season is a joyous time for many, but for those who struggle to make ends meet, it can be a very challenging time.

The Elf Program’s mission is to brighten the holiday season for Nanoose Bay families, individuals and seniors in need. Community members who wish to support this mission can purchase gifts such as new, unused clothing, toys, household items and gift cards. We then place these gifts directly into the hands of our neighbours in need.

How You Can Help

There are three ways you can help.

1. Sponsor a family, senior or individual.

You, your company or your special interest group can be one of our wonderful sponsors this year. By matching you with an individual, senior or family, we provide you with a Wish List of items to choose from and purchase, depending on your personal budget. Your gifts will directly help someone enjoy a very happy holiday season.

Email Geraldine to become a sponsor

2. Pick a tag and buy a gift.

Starting in mid-November every year, our festive Elf Trees can be found in locations throughout the community – Fairwinds Wellness Club, Nanoose Place, St Mary’s Church, Nanoose Post Office, Springford Farm Market, Coastal Community Credit Union and a basket at Nanoose Bay Elementary School. Elf Trees are adorned with our ‘gift wish’ tags. You can pick a tag, buy a gift and place it under any of the trees. This could be anything from a puzzle to a sweet treat, gift card, or a pair of warm socks. Your generosity and holiday spirit will bring great joy to a child or a senior right here in our own community.

IMPORTANT: Please do not wrap the gift before returning it under the tree.

3. Rather skip shopping this year?

Financial donations are welcome and much needed. Donate online or mail a cheque directly to Nanoose Community Services, PO Box 47, Nanoose Bay, BC, V9P 9J9. Online donations over $20 receive an official donation receipt.

For more information contact Geraldine at

Signing Up for the Program

The process of signing up to receive gifts through the Elf Program program is coordinated by the NCS Community Support team. Participation is limited to those who reside in Nanoose and meet income requirements. Please email or call (250) 468-9888 for more information.


Goodwill in Action

Through the generosity of our Nanoose Bay residents, the Elf Program brought holiday joy to 63 adults and 39 children in 2022. Last year, over $41,000 in donations, sponsorships and Elf Tree holiday gifts was raised! Financial contributions go toward much needed year-round programs that assist families and individuals in our community. We look forward to serving our community again this year, with your help!

From the Heart

Here are some of the many expressions of appreciation and joy we have received in past years that can be attributed to your donations to the Christmas Elf Program.

“My oldest son said, ‘Santa must love me a lot to send me such a warm coat.”

“Thank you so much for such wonderful Christmas gifts. Everything was perfect and our little girl has not let her teddy go since Christmas. Her first Christmas was really special.”

“What a lovely surprise to see such generous gifts for my family. I had everything hidden away until Christmas morning and the children woke to find a beautiful display of gifts waiting for them to open.”

Give this holiday season

Donate online using the Give Today button below. Or, to learn about other ways to donate, please see our Donate Page


Thank you for your generous support!