Enhancing the Lives of Families in our community this holiday season
November through December
Our annual Operation E.L.F. Christmas toy drive program at Dorchester Children’s Center to help provide Christmas for any of our clients in need. We make sure that we give each child several gifts from their wish list, and provide the gifts for all of the children in the family. Last year we provided a memorable Christmas for approximately 250 children and families in our community. Many of the parents and caregivers we help do not have the resources to buy new items, so for many of these children; our gifts are the only ones they open on Christmas morning. We work closely with local groups, schools, companies, churches, families, and organizations who shop for gifts, set up angel trees, put up toy donation drop offs, and collect monetary donations, so that we can continue to provide for so many families in the area. We organize all of the gifts we receive, and shop for from wish lists to make sure each child gets age appropriate toys, clothes, jewelry, games, bikes, and sports gear. We also provide Christmas for kids that have been newly placed in foster care. Each year starting in November, we collect new toys, games, electronics, gift cards, and cash donations for children from birth to 17 years of age.
Frequesntly asked questions for Operation E.L.F.
Who do we help?
Children who have received services in our facility and their siblings who are in need. We provide for children from newborn through 17 years old, male and female.
What is our biggest need each year?
Providing for the teenagers always possess the biggest challenge for us. The truth is, they are harder to shop for, request more expensive items and more specific tastes. Some of the items that we enjoy giving to our older children include: PJs, sport equipment, make-up, jewelry, electronics, hygiene gift sets and perfume/cologne.
What do we NOT accept?
Candy and food of any kind, used toys/clothes/books etc., and open or damaged items.
How does it work?
- Beginning in October, we start asking our families to fill out a form where we collect information on the child’s wish list items andany clothing or shoe sizes that they can provide for their kids.
- Participating businesses and organizations begin filling out their Operation E.L.F. form by mid-November so we can disburse our Angels before the Black Friday shopping weekend if possible.
- Our community partner’s work on getting gifts collected and are asked to turn in their items by the deadline in mid-December. This allows us time to collect, sort, and distribute to our families in order for them to have their items before Santa arrives on Dec. 25th. Transportation for some families is limited so we urge our participants to stick to the deadlines provided to help ensure everyone gets their gifts on time.
- After all donations are in our Victim’s Advocates, Aaronette and Hafeezah lead the charge, making sure no kids gets missed! The staff jumps in to help stuff bags full of toys, clothes, books and more to have ready for the families when they come to pick up.
Can I make a monetary or gift card donation?
Yes! We use these to fill in any holes, or any last minutes kids that may come in our door during those last few weeks leading up to Christmas. Any gift cards or monetary donations can be sent to Dorchester Children's Center c/o Keri Scougale 303 E. Richardson Ave., Summerville, SC 29483. Please make checks payable to Dorchester Children's Center and be sure to specify your donation is for Operation E.L.F. Receiepts for tax purposes will be mailed to the address included with the donation.
Want to learn how your business or organization can get involved?
The helpers behind Operation E.L.F. have been working very hard for several weeks now to ensure many children and their families, who receive services here at DCC, received a joyful Christmas!
We cannot shout THANK YOU loud enough for all the amazing individuals, businesses and organizations that came together to help us provide Christmas gifts to over 300 children this holiday season! Along with gifts we were able to provide clothing, coats and even some dinners to those in need.
A special shout out to our Victim Advocates, Aaronette and Hafeezah, who worked tirelessly making sure that all 300+ children received as many items on their wishlists as possible! Way to go ladies!!!!
2016 Operation E.L.F. participants include but are not limited to:
Low Country Women's Social Club
KION North America
Lowcountry Specific Chiropractic
Saint Lukes Lutheran Church
Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company,LLC
Culinary Creation LLC
Discover The Ponds, South Carolina
St. George Women's Guild
Bethany United Methodist Church
St. Paul's Summerville
The Lutes Property Services Company
Salon 120 & Day Spa
Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd in Summerville, SC
Milk & Honey Salon
Ashley Ridge High School
Jan Waring Woods CPA LLC
AlignLife of Summerville
AlignLife of Wescott
Abberly Crossing Apartment Homes