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December of 2011, then 6 year-old Jamie, had his mind set on donating toys to children in need.  But what he realized was the ‘drop off spots’ for toys that HAD TO BE unwrapped was a very impersonal way to spread cheer.  He quickly began wrapping toys that he wanted other less fortunate children to have, and then that turned into a shopping spree for little girls and boys that also had to be wrapped. And by just a week before the big day he had a sack full that took two adults to carry. He had no idea where he’d be able to give his cheer – but surely imagined there would be someplace he could not only visit and witness the joy, but also do so dressed as the jolly man himself.

With Christmas just a week away, most toy drives were already closed and EVERY charitable organization turned him away.  Decked out in a hand glued Santa suit, Jamie had one last chance, the Untied Way’s White Doves in Martin County, Florida, where Jamie lives, were having a distribution day for the unwrapped toys they had collected – worst case scenario he was told was he could be a part of the distribution.

When he arrived all dressed up with a giant sack of toys he couldn’t even carry, one thoughtful lady made a phone call and was able to direct Jamie to Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in Stuart Florida.  Jamie was shocked at the response and the children were so surprised to see a Santa barely bigger than them handing out toys.  The children gathered around their hung open jaws quickly broke into wide grins, the staff of ladies at the child care were in tears, one remarked ‘this is what the season is all about’. No one, not even a six year old with a heartwarming imagination of what he felt was the right way to do things could have predicted how truly special this afternoon would turn out to be.

The first delivery by 6 year-old Jamie

Now a whopping 11 years old, Jamie's elf factory celebrates its 5th year.  Every year, it gets bigger and better.  He has an ‘official Santa Suit’ and hopes to visit as many places that will have him. Jamie takes personal lists and collects donations to fill each request by personally wrapping and delivering what people need and wish for as opposed to just some random gift from a distribution center.

This website is a work in progress, as is Jamie, but one thing for sure he will officially be the head elf of a non-profit dedicated to helping those in need when it matters most.

October 30, 2018 | 0 comments
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November 21, 2017 | 0 comments
As everyone gives thanks for the people and things they are grateful for, remember a lot of people lost their homes, and more in the disasters that hit this year.  Every year we choose an organization to help families during the holiday season as well as local families in Florida.     Please consider helping out before you spend all of your money on crazy Black Friday sales.  THANK YOU!! Here's a video from last
December 19, 2016 | 0 comments
This is the big week!  But before we start posting all of those smiling faces, we have to give a big shout out to the Jensen, Jared and Misha, the AWESOME GUYS from the hit televison series SUPERNATURAL. We're so honored to have them choose the elf factory as part of their #SPN Family Love campaign over on Creation Stands.  These guys have made it possible for the elf factory to grant wishes to more than 60 children and families this year. There's still time to be a part...
November 29, 2016 | 0 comments
To get the ball rolling, we're spreading the news.    We've also created a quick paypal link that you can share for donations: paypal.me/elffactory 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
November 28, 2016 | 0 comments
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...
December 23, 2015 | 0 comments
Thank you once again for supporting us.  The community never fails to help us in surprising
December 1, 2015 | 0 comments
The Elf Factory is Open!! Here's the latest news update! More to come soon! 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...
January 9, 2015 | 0 comments
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! The Elf Factory DeliversClick to view
December 14, 2014 | 0 comments
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!!!
December 2, 2014 | 0 comments
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...