FAQ’s

FAQ’s

Will Be An Elf send my kids gifts if I write to you?

We’re sorry but the answer is no. We do send gifts, but only to families whose letters we adopt. Please see our Writing to Santa page. Also, to save you time, you should know that as we understand it, only letters mailed from the list of cities on our Writing to Santa page will be read for possible posting at USPSoperationsanta.com. If you live in other cities, we’re not sure your letter will be read by USPS staff. It will reach Santa, though!

Does Be An Elf accept donated toys?

We do not accept donated toys, but any Goodwill will welcome them. They have the capacity to separate the acceptable toys and the ones that are too old or damaged, and to distribute them to needy families.

TIP: Make sure the toys you give away are in top condition, or just donate new toys. Sometimes people are offended by old, torn clothes, or a damaged toy. We recommend sending only new gifts. To find a home for your toys, you might try another family you know in the neighborhood who has younger kids than yours!

 

How do I find the addresses and hours of the branch in New York and Chicago that still take walk-in volunteers? How do I find a branch where I can mail my gifts?

Please see our Locations page. All the info is there!

 

What if I am not in the US, or there is no postal branch near me offering the label scanning service?

Please see our suggested Other Ways to Be an Elf.

 

What’s the address where can my child write to Santa? Can I write to Santa on behalf of my kids?

Santa does have a street address! And yes, you may write on behalf of your kids, but explain why they can’t write themselves. For details, please see our Writing to Santa page.

 

What about my child’s medical needs?

It’s possible that a volunteer might even pass your letter along to who a doctor will might take care of your child’s medical needs “pro bono” (for free). There is no harm in asking Santa! It will all depend on the letter that you or your children write, and whether the volunteer is moved by it and forwards your letter along to a doctor they know. You can also write directly to doctors yourself!

Do not send photocopies of the same Santa letter, as that looks like you are spamming Santa and will turn volunteer elves off. Santa does not like that! Some families have done this, and we dont think those photocopied letters were ever answered. Just tell a few details about your situation, send one letter per child or parent, and all will be well. Remember that there are many more letters than there are volunteer elves to answer them.

Please do not send letters to Santa to our address; Santa will not get your letter here. Be An Elf just let folks know where to send Santa letters and tells them how they can volunteer to be elves and help him out!

 

My children received gifts. Is there any way to write a thank you letter to the volunteers?

Sadly there is no way we know of to contact the volunteers. But take comfort in the fact that for many there is greater pleasure in giving than receiving.

 

Donate to Be An Elf

Another good way to help out is to Donate Online to Be An Elf. You may give anonymously online if you wish.

Your gift will help us further our mission, expand our outreach and help us continue building an army of volunteer elves. Together we’ll put smiles on the faces of more needy children on Christmas morning.

Gifts to our tax exempt 501c3 group are tax-deductible. If you prefer to give by check, see below.

Give by check

Another good way to help out is to Donate Online to Be An Elf. You may give anonymously online if you wish.

Your gift will help us further our mission, expand our outreach and help us continue building an army of volunteer elves. Together we’ll put smiles on the faces of more needy children on Christmas morning.

Gifts to our tax exempt 501c3 group are tax-deductible. If you prefer to give by check, see below.

Give by check

If you prefer donate by check, please see Giving By Check. You may also Donate Online — anonymously if you wish. Our thanks for your generous gift!

We wish you a holiday season filled with love, and sincerely hope the year ahead will be bright and happy for you and your family. We honor you and thank you for caring.

You can make a difference in a child’s life. Thanks for being an Elf!

Elf Patrick

www.BeAnElf.org

 



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