Operation ELF - Making Holiday Magic for Children in Need

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December 15 is what we refer to as ELF Packing Day. Operation ELF works with local shelters (homeless shelters and battered women's shelters) community centers for at risk children and orphanages like the Nashua Children's Home to find children's gift wish and then coordinate with sponsors who will buy those gifts - to the tune of about 1400 children and thousands of presents. Then, on one day - December 15th this year - we gather all of those gifts, code them and bag them and load them on to trucks to be delivered the next day. Presents are put in brown paper bags so that the moms and dads (if they are available) can wrap the gift themselves to participate in the giving. It takes a lot of people to do that all in about 6 hours. It is crazy, fun and we even provide a potluck meal for everyone (hint bring something to share).

There are also many other ways to volunteer in addition to the packing day.

Here's a video of the Operation ELF packing day from 2018. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/G_n2PLTrPMA

Click here to sign up: http://www.operationelf.org/volunteer/ (you will be able to choose a specific time block to volunteer, as the event gets closer)

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Mission Statement

Operation ELF is an all-volunteer gift-giving organization that brings hope, joy, and the spirit of the holidays to over 1,400 children who are wards of the state or in transitional living situations: Serving Nashua Children’s Home, Transition House, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Children’s Services of Roxbury, Brattleboro Retreat, among others.


Volunteers are needed with a wide range of skills, but mostly with a willingness to reach out to others, to share your time and your holiday cheer, and to have a lot of FUN! Some of the the help we need includes: event planning, decorating, shopping for gifts, packing, and more.


It’s a party! It’s a donation drop-off site for gently-used kids’ clothing and toys! It’s a potluck dinner! It’s music and face painting! It’s sitting on Santa’s knee! It’s playing a dreidel game. It’s a holiday dinner food drive! It’s a drive for new or gently-used household goods! It’s the place where folks bring the gift(s) to fulfill a child’s wish list

Volunteers produce this event starting weeks in advance. Men and women join forces to gathering requests from the charities, organizing them, and distributing the wish lists to gift sponsors. These giving people go shopping and fill each child’s request, and perhaps do even a little bit more.

Other teams handle decorating the event site, organizing transportation and gift delivery, sorting and packing of everything the day of the event, entertaining the volunteers’ children during the event, and providing a feast to nourish the body while the event nourishes the spirit.


Sun Dec 15, 2019
12:00 PM - 06:00 PM  


Emerson School50 Mechanic StreetBolton, MA 01740




  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 2
  • 3-4 hours
  • a big heart and a smile is all you need

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