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Elmcrest Elves deliver for youth in need

Employees of Nixon Gear in Solvay have been gathering gifts for Elmcrest children for several years

We did it! Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of Central New Yorkers, the children and families Elmcrest serves had gifts under their trees this year.

Dozens of individuals and businesses became "Elmcrest Elves." They provided hundreds of gifts for residential children at Elmcrest and children served by our Early Education program.

In addition, volunteers on Elmcrest's board, local businesses and other friends of Elmcrest "adopted" 61 families served by Elmcrest this year.

"Motorcycle Bob" and friends have been donating holiday gifts to Elmcrest for years.

Donated gifts in Elmcrest's administration building filled several rooms and overflowed into the halls.

"I'm just amazed at the generosity," said Chris Iven, director of philanthropy at Elmcrest. "There are so many gifts, and each one will put a smile on the face of a child who needs a smile now more than ever."

Although it's too late now to become an Elmcrest Elf, it's not too late to help. Elmcrest's residential program is always looking for ways to bring joy to the children in our care. Right now, we need new sleds, games and craft supplies of all sorts. To get those items into our programs today, just visit our Amazon Smile Charity Gift List and make a purchase. Or, make a monetary donation to help Elmcrest programs stay strong in the face of major cuts from our government funding partners.

Thank you!

Toys and other gifts line the hallway in Elmcrest's administration building before being distributed to families in need.