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WE NEED SMALL GIFT ITEMS

Our 2011 events will require at least 10,000 gifts.  Christmastime is about giving.  The Elf Boutique contains tables piled high with gift items.  The children are invited to search the tables to find presents for their family.  After they have been through the Elf Boutique and have selected gifts, our volunteers assist them as they choose gift wrap and wrap their presents.

This activity provides the children with the “Gift of Giving,” the opportunity for them to select presents for their families.  We believe the ability to give is a primary need, intrinsic to human nature.

The ideal gifts are small, inexpensive items, either handmade or the type you can find at any of the dollar stores.  Gifts can be for adults or for children.

There are several ways you can help:

  • You can purchase gifts.  Check your local stores for sales and clearance items.  Check stores that sell deeply discounted overstocked and/or discontinued inventory they’ve purchased from manufacturers or other merchants.  Dollar Store items make great gifts.
  • Make this a family Christmas project and have all of your family members each donate a gift.
  • Organize a gift drive at your workplace.
  • See if your workplace or a company with which you do business has advertising specialties they can donate.  Things like pens, visors, hats; anything with a company logo on it is a big hit with the kids.
  • Organize a gift drive at your church.
  • Organize a neighborhood gift drive.  We gave flyers to just thirty of our neighbors and collected over 85 gifts.
  • Organize a gift drive at your children’s schools.  School gift drives usually collect 200 – 300 gifts.
  • If you belong to a service organization, ask them to hold a gift drive.  For the past 24 years, such groups as Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis have partnered with us by providing us with toys and volunteers.
  • If you belong to a hobby club or special interest group, ask them to hold a gift drive.
    • A Quilting Group spent several months making hundreds of lap-blankets for us.
    • Over the years, Karen P. has made at least 1,000 handmade blankets for us.
    • Bobbi D. used her beading hobby to make a hundred pieces of jewelry.
    • Linda S. spent most of the year crocheting designer scarves for us.
  • Donations can also be made specifically for the purchase of gifts.  We are able to purchase even Dollar Store items wholesale, so we can make your dollar go much further than if you buy retail, even if you get the items on sale.  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Bobbi de Haan, Corey Bruggeman, and Linda Searfoss model our designer scarves.