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This year we're sponsoring Stand With Children Lousiana to help families in Baton Rouge who lost everything in recent floods. This is on top of what we're doing normally -- so the elves are busy already. Please spread the word! Thanks and have a wonderful holiday!
It's that time of year when everyone is making lists (and some are checking them twice). A quick update, this year in addition to our normal drive for families locally, the elves heard about these families in Baton Rouge whose homes and schools were completely ruined in the floods. So they made a promise to, Stand for Children Louisiana, to not only help them rebuild, but to bring them a little joy this time of year.
Tomorrow is #givingtuesday but the elves aren't picky, a good cause is a good cause on any day! Did you know we're celebrating our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY this year!
More to come soon.Thank you once again for supporting us. The community never fails to help us in surprising ways.
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It’s that time of year when the pressure is on and cardboard boxes for unwrapped toys are everywhere you go. Four years ago at this time, then 6-year-old, Jamie Ashbourne, didn’t like the idea of not being able to see where toy donations went. He wanted to contribute, he just though it could be done on a more personal level. Dumping unwrapped toys in a cardboard box was like nightmare scene in the Toy Story movie to him. He started wrapping his donations and then convinced his mom to buy more until he had a sack of toys that would rival Santa’s. He glued together a Santa suit and waited for Mom to find a place he could deliver the goods. But everyone refused him. He was set in his desire to take the sack somewhere to see the children’s reactions, but it was just days before Christmas and most toy drives were already finished, those that weren’t, refused wrapped gifts. Finally a kind woman understood the Jamie’s story and pointed him to a local daycare that had families in need. By the time he was finished with the plan, there was not a dry eye in the house.
"I was horrified by the idea of random toys being tossed in a box -- how could they ever grant a child's wish?"
For the last three years, Jamie has collected donations, toys and gifts to fulfill wishes submitted from children’s letters to Santa, he even sent huge boxes of gifts to those affected by Superstorm Sandy in the second year.
This year, he’s got families to adopt and will be visiting the children of the same daycare, in Stuart. Jamie’s Elf Factory is set up to take donations and wishes online, at elffactory.org or you can just visit and read about one little guy on a mission to make sure everyone feels like someone is looking out for their personal happiness.
Hi Everyone -
Sorry for the delay in getting this posted, but here's some footage of this year's happenings.
Thanks again for making it all possible!
We got a fabulous donation of goodies today and did some shopping for more. It's so nice when others get what I'm trying to do, people are good! Please continue to spread the word! Thank you!!!
This is the official press release to launch our drive this year, help us spread the word and donate if you can. THANK YOU!!
4th Grade Boy Makes Toy Drive Personal
PRESS RELEASE - 34957 - DEC 2, 2014 05:00 UTC
When a nine-year-old boy wondered what happens to those unwrapped toy donations people toss into cardboard boxes around town, he didn't like the answer so he decided to do something about it. Jamie's elf factory is now in its 4th year.
Ever wonder where your toy donations go? At the age of six, Jamie Ashbourne did and he didn’t like the answer. Dropping unwrapped toys in a cardboard box for children in need seemed like a horror scene out of a Toy Story movie to him. Not because of toy abandonment but because the collection and distribution seemed a waste. “These children who are already experiencing hard times will just get some random gift and then only if they’re lucky enough to be part of a distribution center?” says Jamie. He wanted to give he just felt that there could be a more personal way to do so. He wanted to wrap his donations and see the child’s face when they got the gift. So he set out to start his own toy drive.
It was four years ago that he took it upon himself to wrap his donations only to find no established charity would accept them. Even at that age, he remained undeterred and continued wrapping until he had a sack of toys that would rival Santa’s. Christmas was coming and all other toy drives were closed and already handing out their goods. With nowhere willing to accept his wrapped treasures, it was looking like it was all for nothing. When suddenly the elements aligned like something out of a movie to send Jamie to the Gertrude Walden Daycare center in Stuart, Florida.
This year at the age of nine, Jamie is in his fourth year of collecting lists and personally fulfilling, wrapping and delivering each item. The Elf Factory has granted personal toy wishes for over a hundred children and two years ago Jamie also shipped two giant boxes of gifts to families affected by Super Storm Sandy in New Jersey, ensuring families got what they needed and children, no matter their lot in life, got to experience the joy of the season.
Which begs to question, if a young boy making out his own list to Santa, realizes that the spirit of the season is meant to touch people in a personal way, shouldn’t everyone?
Children’s wish lists are coming in and Jamie is focused on fulfilling them by December 20th and Jamie is hoping that the rise in popularity of events like #GivingTuesday and Nickelodeon’s Halo awards, will inspire other aspiring Santas to join the cause.
Here's a recap of last year's delivery:
Deliveries are fun!
No sooner do I sort out my Halloween candy and Holiday doings are everywhere I go!
I have to order a bigger Santa Suit, stay tuned as we get ready for our 4th year!!
Thanks so much to the kind and generous donations from the community and across the country we crossed off our list with ease, and these children will have what they want to unwrap on Christmas morning.
Happy Christmas to all!
JamieAs the head elf was crossing things off his list yesterday, Jamie's elf factory was featured in the Stuart News! Read more here.