The 2022 Elf program ramps up this holiday season
Christmas is a joyous time for most but for those who struggle to make ends meet, it can lead to stress and sadness.
What We Do
The Christmas Elf program helps to brighten the season for families and seniors in need. We offer a means for Nanoose Bay residents wishing to help, to purchase gifts such as new, unused clothing, toys, household items and food vouchers. We then place these gifts directly into the hands of our less fortunate neighbours.
How You Can Help
There are two ways you can help. 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 Christmas.
Or you can 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 and a basket at Nanoose Bay Elementary School. They are adorned with our ‘gift wish’ tags. You can pick a tag, buy a gift and place it under any of our trees. This may be anything from a family puzzle to a pair of warm socks. Your generous gift will bring great joy to a child or a senior right here in our own community and make some happy memories. NOTE: Please do not wrap the gift before returning it under the tree.
For more information on the Elf Trees contact Karen Murphy at Nanooseelf@icloud.com.
Your Goodwill in Action
Through the kind generosity of Nanoose Bay residents, the Elf Program brought Christmas joy to 63 adults and 39 children in 2021. Last year almost $54,000 was raised from Elf Tree tags, sponsors and financial donations that goes directly to NCS funding for its other wonderful, much needed year round programs that assist our local people. We look forward to doing as well 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.”