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.OPERATION ELF (Everybody Loves Families) HOLIDAY GATHERING
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.