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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.

December 7, 2013 | 0 comments
Christmas came up fast it seems this year. Before you automatically drop an unwrapped toy somewhere, please consider why the elf factory was created. At the age of six, Jamie Ashbourne didn’t like the idea of not being able to see where toy donations went or if they even got to a child in need. He wanted to contribute, but he thought it should be done on a more personal level. He took it upon himself to wrap his donations only to find no established charity would accept...
December 21, 2012 | 0 comments
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AND THE BEST OF NEW
December 19, 2012 | 0 comments
Jamie has spent every night after dinner over the past month wrapping, tagging and bowing and even curling ribbon. Thanks to your generous donations of toys, money and supplies, not only is the original list checked off but today, the elf factory shipped off two large boxes to Sandy relief efforts in Wildwood, NJ.  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Tomorrow is the big day and we've already have donations towards next year! More photos and video to come. Head...
December 12, 2012 | 0 comments
Word is getting out and it's not too late to get involved! We've had some wonderful donations of toys and we're almost finished checking off our list for local deliveries!!!!! THANK YOU! Also, we've been in contact with the woman featured in this article, and will be sending a (large) package in time for the Holiday Party for Sandy victims who've lost everything!  Read her story here: Sandy Relief for the Holidays HO HO HO we'll be posting wrapping...
October 26, 2012 | 0 comments
The joy of unwrapping a