CALLING ALL ELVES! I will be at Pantry tomorrow from 11- 7 or later and same on Sat. If you want to help with ELF Dispatch, grab a laptop and come on over so type Santa's their matches. It is getting done SO much faster this way. We have sent out over 100 Santa matches now, so Santa's if you havn't confirmed your match, please check and check spam. Please remember to confirm when you get yours. We will start calling those who don't confirm soon, to make sure you have your match. If you signed up to be a SANTA before Wed, and your last name starts between A and L matches have all been sent! ... See MoreSee Less
We are in FULL ELF Swing here at ELF Central, Ellettsville location. We shut the sign up list down at 1pm today at 1594 children to be matched. ALL printing is done, Alphabetizing is done and everyone is safely in the Santa Books, We pulled out all the stops, Even Elfetta was called in to help with this years work. Matching will begin tonight and first emails to Santas will be going out in the afternoon. PLEASE be patient with us, as this is a process and takes time. We will get Santa emails first before contacting parents, so the Santas can start shopping. IF you do not want to wait for your child(ren) feel free to come by the pantry and choose your own children from the Child Book. I should be there by Noon and stay til at least 6ish, probably later. Any new toys anyone would like to donate for extra toy day for the families that didn't make it onto the list, can be dropped of at Pantry as well. If you do NOT want to shop but want to sponsor children, please donate cash, as we elves go shopping that last week! Donations can be made via Paypal ( email@example.com ) Venmo ( @pantry279 ) Donate button on www.pantry279.org Mailed to: Pantry 279, P.O. Box 312, Ellettsville, IN 47429 ATTN ELF DISPATCH Or just brought by pantry! PLEASE SHARE and as always THANK YOU! ... See MoreSee Less
Where are you located this year? (To come by and look at the child book/drop off toys)
what date will the parents pick up?
Can we donate toys without signing up
What date do all toys/items have to be there if we are a Santa?
Elfetta always has the Head Elf’s back!
Is it too late to change to just being delivered? I put pickup as an opt too tho. Is that something I'll have to ask my elf?
I called and left a voice mail... I forgot to list that my kids are allergic to peanut, cherry and latex.
I didn’t get to sign up my kids. Is it done??
If any of the Santas are buying children's coats for kids size 12 and up, please consider buying through our small business. www.bluechico.com
With every 5 coats we sell we will profit enough to donate one to the Battered Women's Shelter here in town and it would be amazing this year if we could gift some to the homeless, that is a big wish but it could happen one day as we grow. Our coats are higher quality than the flimsy ones at Walmart and we will mark all orders as Express and ship them right to you in 7 days if you use the code PANTRY at checkout. We are a local small business online (Bloomington Native here!) focused on giving back, last year we ran a hoodie drive for children in foster care. It would be awesome to help us meet our new goal this year! Thanks for what you do Santas, my family survived Christmases by the love of people like you when my son was in preschool. You make Christmas magical for kids and parents again:)
At this time, the ELF Dispatch applications to sign children up are CLOSED! We have again challenged ourselves by accepting a little over 1500 children. SANTA sign up to get gifts for others is OPEN and now it is on you and us to get these children a Magical Christmas!!
For those still needing help, extra toy day will be announced in a couple of weeks. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, Tues. Nov 28 is Giving Tuesday! This tradition started a few years ago to help non profits, like ours, finish out the year strong. While we all apply for grants, they are very competitive, and usually don't like to help with things like operating expenses ( rent, utilities, silly things like that ). It's the generosity of the community that really keeps us going. If you would like a donation to go for ELF Dispatch only, just leave a comment in the notes, and that is exactly where it will go. We thank you so much! #GivingTuesday Donations can be made via Paypal ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Venmo ( @pantry279 ) or the donate button on our page: pantry279.org/... See MoreSee Less
ELF UPDATE! We are currently at 901 children signed up. I expect numbers to go much higher. I am printing all apps tonight/tomorrow. Matching will begin tomorrow. SANTAS!! Please sign up, we need you! pantry279.org/elf-dispatch/elf-dispatch-santa-signup Please remember we will match as fast as possible, but I am 1 ELF. I do plan on having helpers come in a type again, that made things a LOT faster. Also, when you receive your match PLEASE CONFIRM!! ... See MoreSee Less
Let us know know when you need typers. I have a laptop this year to help
Registered for my Santa spot…I’d love to come down & volunteer to help out …
I can help match, can I do it from home or do I need to come to the pantry?
I can help with typing stuff to make it quicker
Thank you again for this amazing program! You are a truly special person
Thank you to everyone. God bless each and everyone of you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you so much for what you guys do and offer! ❤️❤️
Can't wait. The church lifegroup I lead is going to do a Santa. And I am willing to help however I can the next 3 weeks!!!! I'm so happy you do this for our community. You ate amazing at what you do. Sending you elves much love and hugs.
Do you allow people with infants to come in and help, or would you allow them to work from home on helping with things?
I would like to participate in the elf thing.
I'm physically disabled and legally blind though. Have caretakers help me during the week some with my own needs as shopping. I also shop online, by Amazon primarily. To being on own unable to drive. How does the shopping work? I mean do I take the child to shop. Just do on own?
I read the information on the sign up details. It sounded to me like it's a buddy type thing.
I also am not sure how I'll get the gifts to you.
When are gifts due this year?
Sent my confirmation just now!
I can help in any way possible!
is there anyway i could help with matching or something from home?
Signed up twice by mistake. I also can volunteer.
If we want to santa can we ask to be matched with someone in our own county? Not that it matters just curious is all.
Are there volunteer opportunities for Girl Scout group of girls, ages 9/10?
I can help
Is the Elf dispatch only for Monroe Co kiddos?
I can help volunteer after my car gets fixed ☺️
Is the sign up for my kids to get Xmas closed I’ve been trying to do it and can’t pls help me
*****Incoming ELF Dispatch communication***** The website is up! Don't all rush it, or it will go down again, we need to put a little distance between people. SO if you get an error message, just take a few deep breathes, go get a beverage, and gently try again, you WILL eventually get thru. MAKE SURE you get an email confirmation! and that you are taken to a thank you page, check spam for confirmation if you can't find it. It may come up as "Cindy Chavez" or "pantry 279" depends on your server. To be a SANTA and get gifts for children click here: pantry279.org/elf-dispatch/elf-dispatch-santa-signup To sign up your children to get gifts click here: CLOSED NOW AS OF 1pm 11/28
Thank you for everything! I know today was soo much hassle but we are grateful!
You all are truly Christmas magical!!! Thank you for being blessings!
Thank you so much for everything you guys do. I got both my girls signed up
How can I help you guys? I'd love to volunteer somehow.
One more Santa signed up! 🎅🏻
If I can’t be a Santa can I just donate money designated for Christmas
Thank you guys for all you do!!! ❤️
I got mine signed up and daughter finally got her boys signed up
got my kiddos signed up
Catherine Pearce. Here is the Santa sign up if you want to get in again this year.
I was able to get signed up! Thank you so much for this amazing program!
I got the kiddos signed up! Ty so mucj cindy for everything you and your group does for us! I know you have a few sticklers that like showing their but, but the rest of us are very appriciative of what all you guys do for us!!!
Ash Vega Jaynes
Bryanna Jeremy Wolfe
2 Santas 🤶 🎅 onboard!
what is the age range for children that can be signed up?
I can only imagine how overwhelming this all can be. Good luck Pantry 279 I hope all are patient with you. I’ll be saying prayers for all.
Even if this happened, she is a magical elf and she always fulfills everyone that’s in need
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who work on this every year. You do such good! I know you know what's best since you have been doing it for years. I am sorry so many people are frustrated. Hugs.
I get wanting Christmas presents for your kids, but I feel like if there could be more help at other times of year, it wouldn't be so concentrated all at once. Could there be a way to collect toys and gifts at other times of the year so that it's not so overwhelming? I know there would probably be an issue of storing the items, but maybe we could brainstorm and come up with other ideas.
Just tell people it won't be open until tomorrow now so you can fix it and that way it's calm while you work on it
She’s going to post when they get it up and running. This is an incredible place that offers year round help for so many people. Please just be patient and let them get the problem resolved. ♥️
I would suggest not telling the time the list opens next time, that will prevent the website from crashing from so many people hitting it at once.
I’m sure they will announce it! Ladies and gentlemen just have some patience, there doing what they can it’s a very overwhelming situation for all!
I would like to sign up to help a family this year as we have had to use this program previously and are fortunate enough to help others this year. Can someone point me in the direction on how to do that?
I think it’s everyone’s yahoo cause mine is down!
Maybe next year have people with last names A-K apply on Monday and then L-Z on Tuesday
It’s still having issues
I've been checking off and on to see if the site is back up yet and when I clicked on where it says Elf Dispatch and a drop down comes up where you can click on Elf dispatch sign up for your children it says that the Elf Dispatch is closed as they process the current request and match them to the Santa's. I don't get it, did their server crash or did they get a lot of requests and it's really closed already
This is the only program I have left for my kiddos. My only chance for them to get presents. 🙁
I just got on and it said it was already closed!!
I hate that this happened cause now we aren’t going to know when to sign up and it gets full so fast.I have older boys so I can’t go to most places.This is the only place that I know of that takes older kids
This is my last chance to sign my kids up anywhere for Christmas. Please let us know as soon as you got it fixed. 😢😢😢💔💔💔
Is everyone still having issues with the webpage ?
The website can't handle the load of ELF Explosion, we have temporarily shut down the site and are reviewing our options. Please slow down give us time to get this under control PLEASE SHARE ... See MoreSee Less
If everyone STOPS hitting refresh and trying to access it, we will be able to fix it. It's so bad that we can't even log onto the server to reset it. So I will promise that no matter what I will keep open til in the morning, so please just chill. I will post as soon as up. Also, if we keep getting calls and PM's saying the F word and cussing us for a problem we did not do, they will NOT be allowed to sign up. BE NICE
I think I got singed up but not sure
Treating you like that is completely wrong especially for a organization that does so much for the community I say if someone is cussing at you take them off the list
Praying for u all hard at work
My husband and I are ready for Elf work again this year!
Wow why be rude people don't deserve the kindness of others if they themselves can't be kind!! Learn respect and appreciation people!!
thank you for all you do for our community and all ur hard work elfing for our babies to have a christmas!!
Where do I go sign up at I can't even find it
That is so upsetting....cuss ppl that are trying to help you...im so sorry yall are dealing with ppl like that....i feel bad for the kids that have a parent that act like that...defintily a Scrooge i will say bcus i just dont undertand y someone would cuss someone that is trying to help them...I know personally i am truly grateful for yall and appreciate everything you guys do for familys and i know that their are lots of families out there that will back me up on that...Praying for a smooth transition to *Elf dispatch* God Bless you all!!!!!
Oof! Hope you're able to find enough Santas! If there are already so many people needing help that it broke the website, you'll need a ton!
Cussing at you in unacceptable.
They should be patient and understanding. Be careful 😉🤞🏽 let me know if I can help after I gets my car fixed in December
Maybe a hand written application should be filled out and returned to a physical location for those in need of services. Old school, but cybersecurity and efficiency is very difficult for a nonprofit.