Nanoose elves Sylvia Kudrick and Karen Gillan get into the Christmas spirit this holiday season as they volunteer for the annual Nanoose Elf Program

Nanoose elves Sylvia Kudrick and Karen Gillan get into the Christmas spirit this holiday season as they volunteer for the annual Nanoose Elf Program

Helping the nedy in Nanoose Bay

Program was started by Virginia Brucker, a Grade 1 teacher at the time

  • Dec. 16, 2014 8:00 a.m.

With nine days to go until Christmas, the Nanoose Bay Elf Program is in full swing.

Organizer Maureen Moore said she and her dozens of volunteers have been promptly putting together the annual festive charity since mid-October — wrapping presents, curling ribbon and spreading Christmas cheer to those in-need.

The Elf Program was started 25 years ago by Virginia Brucker, who was teaching Grade 1 at the time in Nanoose Bay.

“It started because of one girl in my class,” Brucker told The NEWS from Nanoose Place.

“This girl, she had nothing — and I mean nothing — and she said to me one day ‘I don’t think Santa is coming to my house,'” explained Brucker. “And I knew I had to do something.”

The Elf Program works like this: families or individuals in-need register for the program, then you can adopt a family or individual and you will be given a list of Christmas requests or information about the family (size, gender ect.) withholding their identity. You then wrap the gifts and return them to the Nanoose elves, who deliver the gifts or have the recipients pick them up before Christmas.

Alternatively, the elves have set up Christmas trees in Nanoose Place, Nanoose Elementary School, Fairwinds Centre, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Jim’s Gym, Hot and Cool Yoga (Parksville location), Aspengrove School (north Nanaimo) and the post office in the Red Gap Centre.

The Christmas trees are decorated with ornamental tags which have gift requests on the back. You can take a tag and purchase the gift requested on it, then return the unwrapped present to any of the tree locations. The Nanoose elves will then wrap the gifts and deliver them to the appropriate locations.

The entire charity stays within Nanoose Bay and is completely anonymous. The first year of the program six families received gifts. Last year, around 280 gifts went out.

“It’s a lot of hard work but it’s very rewarding,” said Moore, whose been leading the charity for four years since Brucker stepped down. “I don’t know who gets more pleasure out of it — the givers or the receivers.”

Moore said that the Nanoose elves try to make Christmas a joyful time for everybody — even those who don’t register for the program often will receive something special on Christmas.

“There are people we know, just by word of mouth and from living in a small community, who would appreciate gifts so we try and reach all those people,” said Moore.

If you would like to sponsor a family or individual, or for more information contact Maureen Moore at 250-586-9788. Cash donations are also welcome.

­— NEWS Staff

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ongoing construction at the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 4, just outside of Qualicum Beach. (Steve Weldon photo)
New stop lights to be installed where Inland Island Highway meets Alberni Highway

Drivers can expect lane closures during constructions hours

Erin Haluschak visits the VI Free Daily/PQB News studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PQBeat: Erin Haluschak talks missing persons on Vancouver Island, women in media

Podcast: Black Press reporter also talks about importance of women in the media

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Island Health has confirmed COVID-19 exposures at Ecole des Deux Mondes in Campbell River on May 4 and 5, and at Mill Bay Nature School in Mill Bay on April 28, 29, 30 and May 3. (Metro Creative photo)
Two new COVID-19 school exposures confirmed by Island Health

Health authority contacting anyone exposed at Ecole des Deux Mondes, Mill Bay Nature School

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

The dash cam footage, taken May 7 at 8:18 a.m. belonged to the driver of a southbound vehicle that recently travelled out of the tunnel. (Reddit/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Dash cam captures dramatic rollover crash on Highway 99

Only one person sustained injuries from the collision, says B.C. Ambulance Services

Chevy stranded on a ledge above a rocky canyon at Mimi Falls near Logan Lake, April 28, 2021. (Photo credit: Margot Wikjord)
Police officer and fire chief team up in risky rescue of stranded dog near Logan Lake

Chevy, a rescue dog, needed rescuing again after getting stuck on a ledge above rocky canyon

Police were on the scene of a fatal shooting in Abbotsford. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. government to give more than $8 million for programs to curb gang violence

221 not-for-profit projects led by local governments and school districts among others will receive a one-time grant

Gord Judson steers his log truck down a forest service road, using two-way radio and call signals to mark his position for oncoming traffic. (B.C. Forest Safety Council)
Planning some B.C. wilderness fishing? Don’t catch a log truck

Remote recreation areas bracing for heavy pandemic pressure

Most Read