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Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Human Service Organizations

Mission: To make underprivileged children smile on Christmas morning, and inspire our volunteers with the true spirit of the holidays.

Results: Be An Elf has recruits volunteers from all across the US at Christmas to send gifts to underprivileged kids in low income families. Our volunteers make needy children smile on Christmas morning, and they also get a surprise in return: they catch the true spirit and real meaning of Christmas. We are supported by donations and by an in-kind grant of up to $40,000 per month in free adverting on search engines.

Target demographics: make needy children smile on Christmas morning

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of needy kids to get presents "from Santa" on Christmas morning.

Geographic areas served: National US

Programs: recruiting an army of new volunteers every year to send underprivileged kids gifts in time for Christmas. Be An Elf makes underprivileged children smile on Christmas morning, and inspires our volunteers with the true spirit of the holidays. We let the US public know they can read real letters to Santa Claus from needy children at participating post offices, take home those letters that touch them most, and send the families their gifts through the Operation Letters to Santa program. We do not accept toys as donations, but instead let our volunteers know how to send their toys and gifts directly to needy families. There’s no middle man or charity. It’s micro-philanthropy, direct from a donor to a child, when people volunteer in this way. Our Elves catch the true spirit of the holidays, and put smiles on the faces of underprivileged kids on Christmas morning.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For many years, I volunteered answering underprivileged children's letters to Santa. I was so glad to see this charity get launched a few years back. Every year they've been recruiting more and more volunteers who answer the kids' letters and mail them gifts. Until Be An Elf came along, there was no good guide available to the public on how to effectively participate in the letters to Santa program. Also, the postal service did not blow its horn loudly enough about it, in my opinion. Be An Elf fills these needs nicely. It's a charity I fully support. Making needy kids smile on Christmas is a cause very near and dear to my heart. I hope you will support this charity too, and get involved, if you live anywhere near a participating postal branch. I no longer live near one, and I'm glad Be An Elf is there and recruiting so many new volunteers every Christmas.

Mara4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The rewarding world of giving. I have been with Be An Elf since 2013 and this charity has become very dear to me.
Helping these underprivileged children has become my passion and I wish I could see their faces when they get these letter from Santa. Thank you for this great and touching cause.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being in the charity world, I am always looking for something that I might have missed and a friend told me about Be An Elf. Yes, this is something I would like to get involved with and in any field I can be helpful for and I would like to share with all of my friends.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about this charity when the Today Show gave out their website as the best way to learn where and how to answer letters to Santa written by needy kids and families. We don't live near a post office that offers the Santa letters from the low income kids, so every Christmas we give to this group. They send gifts to the children who write those heartbreaking letters, and by December 1 each year, their website posts a list of all the participating post offices in the nation. Believe me, that list can be hard to find at the USPS website.

Perhaps most important, if they get enough donations, they hire a publicist who does a great job getting the media to cover the story every year. As a result, I'm pretty sure they've helped recruit countless new volunteers to answer those heart-wrenching Santa letters.

So thank you and bravo to www.BeAnElf.org - they help fill us with true Christmas spirit every December, and many, many others as well.

Kerri6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm always looking for opportunities for my family to help others. I'm trying to teach my kids the value of what we have and how blessed we are. When I read about this charity I thought what an opportunity to have a great discussion with my daughters and show them that we can be a blessing to others. They make it so easy and that is what I really like about this charity

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Be An Elf is a wonderful and vital charity that brings happiness and hope to all who benefit from it. Many are left out or in dire circumstances at holiday time and this charity fills a very important void. To bring happiness to so many at such a time of year when many are depressed and feeling hopeless is a selfless gift. Be An Elf changes lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this Charity - Be An Elf - what better way is there to encourage people to bring light and happiness to the lives of underprivileged kids. The gifts go direct to the children, and it's so simple.
Also this charity gives people a happy experience for themselves, being part of a real act of charity and not some impersonal donation.
I'm happy to be a friend who can bring notice to Be An Elf, so it gets the accolades it needs to succeed in a crowded world of charities.
There are so many unhappy children in our country today, and Christmas is the time when they surely feel the most left out and sad. So Be An Elf and cheer them up.

Alex4

Donor

Rating: 5

I admire this non profit and believe being an Elf is a wonderful experience for all.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Be An Elf has given me a truly wonderful way to get gifts I buy and wrap with friends directly under the trees of low income children in Los Angeles. I only wish I could be there to see their smiles and wonder on Christmas morning! I'm definitely taking my children to the post office in South Central LA around December 10th, to teach them the REAL meaning of Christmas. If I weaken and adopt too many letters, I am going to have a Christmas party to raise funds from friends, so I can send each of the Moms each a gift card from Target! Thank you, Be An Elf.

This is a truly awesome charity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I admired this organization is wonderful. I would like to introduce to my friends and family.


Beth Anne2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

He has been doing this for many years enhancing the lives of families and most of all the children