Elf Louise Philosophy
The Elf Louise Christmas Project is based on hope, faith, and a belief in the goodness of people.
Elves, that commit themselves to the continuation of the Project trust that those seeking assistance from the Project are in true, that volunteers will come forth, and donations will be received to meet the work, and monetary needs for the coming season.
The Elves work to reaffirm the true spirit of Christmas through anonymous giving.
The Elves are a part of, and make happen many small miracles as people from all walks of life come together with donations of time, money, and toys. Much of which occurs in a very serendipitous manner; spontaneity is an important element, and allows for each individual who participates to feel that his or her contribution is meaningful and matters.
The Elf Louise Christmas Project is for the benefit of the recipients. They receive gifts that may not have great monetary value, but carry the spirit of Christmas, and the good wishes of the community.
The Elf Louise Christmas Project is for the benefit of the volunteers. Through their involvement and contributions, they discover or rediscover the spirit of Christmas, and the spirit of concern for others – a spirit which transcends religious affiliations. (Is this last comment necessary?)
The Elf Louise Christmas Project is for the benefit of the entire community. No project of this magnitude could endure the test of time without significant good that benefits the entire community.
The Elf Louise Christmas Project finds support throughout the city, county, and surrounding area from businesses, the media, church, social, and civic organizations, and private individuals. The Project succeeds because of its unique nature, the social services application process, jovial Santa delivery teams, personalization of each gift, and the all-volunteer commitment.
The Elf Louise Christmas Project is a grassroots organization. There are no paid staff, and overhead is below 5% of total contributions. Each year, the Project is housed in a central location so that people from all areas of San Antonio and Bexar County can participate. The Project does not expect one group to raise all the money, supply all the Santas, or purchase all the gifts. Small donations are welcomed and encouraged.
The Elves believe in respect for all persons and especially the recipients. Care is taken to protect the feelings and pride of the recipients, and to provide gifts for the delight of the children.