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SANTA'S ELVES (Who wants to be an elf for the holidays?)

  • Dec 17, 2013 · 6:00 PM

Hi Ladies,

I am all about giving during the holiday season and I am looking for a few elves that would like to join me. We will be working with Abode Services (The same organization that we are helping for Thanksgiving) Here is some information about what we are going to do this year.

Now, as for Project Independence: Project Independence is a supportive housing program with an intensive case management component serving emancipated foster youth ages 18 - 24. The participants are youth who have been wards of the state and at 18 "turned out" from foster homes because their foster family is no longer receiving money to care for them. Often they end up on the streets, homeless or worse. Project Independence provides subsidized housing for the youth and the case managers work with them for up to 2 years (maximum time in the program) on finding jobs, increasing education, money management, life skills and parenting just to name a few - the obvious goal is to provide them with a support network not provided for them by functional biological family systems and working on helping them attain housing permanancy after they complete the Program. These youth are often survivors of abuse, neglect and general indifference by not only their biological families, but foster families and group homes - definitely in need of caring adult role models to help them transition from teenagers to young responsible adults... Currently they serve about 35 Youth (18-25) some of whom also have children of their own ranging in age from a few months old to 5 years - at this time there are many children of participants in Project Independence.

Our main goal is to provide Christmas presents for as many as 13 children of Project Independence but would like to get a few gifts for the children at the Union City Bridgeway. I will get a list of the kids names, ages, and what they want from Santa are and post them....Once I post you can choose what you would like to buy for that child. You will then bring your wrapped gifts to Togos where we will have a bite to eat and chat away....If you can't make dinner but would still like to buy a gift I will work on picking that gift up from you or you can bring it to another meetup prior to us delivering them to the children. I know times are tough for many of us and I totally understand if you can't participate....I am hoping a few elves will join me in giving back this holiday season. Merry Christmas MaMa Elf

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  • becky

    Nothing but 5 stars. Veronica rocks. She knows it :) My cat finally came out of the hospital yesterday after being in there a few days. He is going to survive but a long road to recovery. But just so you know, he is NOT suffering. I wouldn't put him through that or keep him alive if he was. Have a safe and merry Christmas.

    December 21, 2013

    • Mary

      So glad to hear your kitty is going to be Okay. Merry Christmas.

      December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Couldn't stay for dinner, but appreciate being part of giving back.

    December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an honor being able to be a Santa's elf and hopefully putting a smile on their face :) I enjoyed shopping for someone who may not have had a gift under the tree on this very special Christmas.

    December 18, 2013

  • Annette G.

    Love that so many give back. another great meetup from our fearless leader Mrs. V

    December 18, 2013

  • Cheryl G. V.

    Always nice to get together and Veronica is such a GRRRREEEAAAATTT HOST!!!!!

    December 17, 2013

  • Mary

    It feels good to know that we are helping children have a Christmas. :-)

    December 17, 2013

  • Veronica

    On my way to come get it

    December 17, 2013

  • Veronica

    Isabel where are you what mall

    December 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Newpark Mall near JCPenney behind Santa Claus

      December 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Had to step away. Gifts at gift wrapping table just ask for them. They know already.

      December 17, 2013

  • Veronica

    Everything needs to be dropped off by 6:45

    December 17, 2013

    • Mary

      I am on my way I will be there in about 20 minutes

      December 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is there any way someone can pick up my gifts. Stranded at mall at gift wrap area. My replacement was no show.

      December 17, 2013

  • becky

    My cat is like my own child. He has this fetish about chewing on cords. Last night early this morning he had bit into the extention cord for the outside lights on the house while they were on and was electrocuted. He is surviving but is in the vet hospital. They have him on iv and pain medicine and and tonight is when the I can see him and the vet will let me know how bad he is and if its more hurtful to keep him alive. So Sorry but I am not in the mood to "have a great time" I will be by to drop off my gifts but I wont be staying. I don't need to say that I hope everyone has a great time because I already know you all will. :) Already giving it a 5 stars.

    December 17, 2013

  • Veronica

    Everything needs to be dropped off by 6:45

    December 17, 2013

  • Veronica

    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ALL SHOW UP....LOL....This is one that all that said they were going to participate actually do...HUGS TO ALL OF YOU

    December 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      For some reason I thought it was at 5 pm. So I will only be able to drop off the gifts.

      December 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Until what time will you be there.

      December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i wont be there but lily has my gift for saharra.

    December 17, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    I will be there.

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stupid question: do i leave part of the tags on or get a gift reciept incase they need to be exchanged for sizing? Never did a gift from Santa like this before. I want to get it right.

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wont be able to stay, I've got a cold and no sitter. A terrible combo! But I will be dropping off the gift tonight!

    December 17, 2013

  • Veronica

    Make sure you get the presents there tomorrow night...They are going to be passed out on Wednesday at their Christmas Party

    December 16, 2013

  • Veronica

    No we are just dropping off the presents tomorrow night and Pamela Nash is going to pick them up and she's going to pass them out at the Christmas party

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Veronica,

    Are we actually going to be delivering gifts to the kids and watching them open them tomorrow night? I was just wondering.

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Veronica, Call me not so tech savvy, I did not get child requests, can you please resend !!

    December 15, 2013

    • Veronica

      Hi Maria...18 year old named Scott....He would like Target or Walmart gift card....sweater, shirt or jacket is a size large....Pants are 34x34

      December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Veronica, I would like a child to buy for... I havent received infor. on what children still need gifts

    December 14, 2013

    • Veronica

      I sent you an email with the childs requests...thanks

      December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Veronica I would like to join you in being a Santa'a Elf, can you send me a copy of the wish list... By the way it has been so very long since I have last participated, due to new job and work schedule... Can you let me know, if I should pay the $10.00 when I arrive on Sunday, that is if it is not to late to participate in the Christmas Party?

    December 7, 2013

    • Veronica

      Hey Darlin...Do you still want a child to buy for?

      December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    veronica, pls disregard my earlier email to you.. I will be there on Tuesday night with gift and my dues, thanks

    December 11, 2013

  • Dee

    I have a class in SF that day and it might be difficult to make it back to Fremont by 6pm, so I will have Leslie A bring my gift just in case and will do my best to make it.

    December 10, 2013

  • Francine D.

    Sorry for canceling but i will be leaving for Austria that day
    I WILL GIVE MY DUES AND GIFTS FOR THE CHILD TO lILLY

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL

    December 8, 2013

    • Veronica

      Thanks Francine...Have a safe trip

      December 8, 2013

  • Lovlyn

    Veronica, I accidentally deleted my emails with the wish list. Could you resend it to me. I have bought something already but the full list will be helpful. Thanks

    December 5, 2013

    • Veronica

      All clothing 4t-5t.....shoes 10/11.....Colors are pink, purple and black.....Toys...Learing­ toys...dolls....play makeup.......Disney Princess costume

      1 · December 5, 2013

    • Lovlyn

      Thanks Veronica! :) see you Sunday.

      December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Veronica, are we supposed to wrap the gifts or bring them unwrapped?

    December 4, 2013

    • Veronica

      Wrap them please with the childs name on it...Say it's from Santa..he he he

      December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I must've deleted the email with the wish lists. :-( can someone forward it to me? Thank you! [masked]

    December 1, 2013

    • Veronica

      Kalii (Female age 5) All clothing (size 7/8 girls)...Shoes (13)... Colors...Pink, purple Toys...Pop up books, Playdough items and accessories

      December 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

      December 1, 2013

  • Julie O.

    Can't make Tues - where should I drop my gifts before then?

    November 30, 2013

    • Veronica

      Sure Julie....call me when you have time so we can set up a pick up time and date...510-[masked]

      December 1, 2013

  • Francine D.

    why do you ask what I bought for Naia?

    November 28, 2013

  • Francine D.

    Veronica
    I bought for Naia.
    happy Thanksgiving to everyone

    November 28, 2013

    • Veronica

      Hey Francine..What did you buy?

      November 28, 2013

    • Francine D.

      everything on Naia list

      November 28, 2013

  • Leslie A.

    Is there an amount we should spend? Should we try to get everything on the lust?

    November 26, 2013

    • Veronica

      Spend as much as you want...You don't have to buy everything...Just 2 gifts if plenty

      November 26, 2013

  • Veronica

    I HAVE MORE KIDS ALSO...THE OLDER KIDS....17 AND 18 YEAR OLDS...I didn't post them, but I do have their list...Let me know if you would like an older child

    November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll buy for an older kid.

      November 19, 2013

    • Annette G.

      Did you get my message I will take Scott the 18yr I just need to know what he wants

      November 26, 2013

  • Leslie A.

    Veronica, I think I deleted the list after stating that I would buy for an older kid. I will take care of anyone who's left, so would you please assign me to someone and then send me the wish list? Thanks!

    November 22, 2013

  • Annette G.

    V I will take Scott 18yr. Can you tell me what he wants.

    November 22, 2013

  • Nicki ( Dominique )

    I will buy for Lucky, but I will not buy for his special request. Believe Francine is covering his special request.

    November 19, 2013

  • Irene

    I will buy for Landden.

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Veronica, I will buy for a young adult/older child, please send me the info...thanks

    November 18, 2013

  • Veronica

    YOU NEED TO SIGN UP FIRST WITH THE MEETUP BEFORE YOU CAN PICK A CHILD...If your name is not to the right saying you RSVP'd then you can pick a child...PLEASE, sign up first before picking a child...I sent out an email this morning with the kids and what they want...

    November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I never received an email this morning :(. I am willing to buy for any child that needs a gift.

      November 18, 2013

  • Dee

    I will buy for anyone who isn't taken yet

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will buy for Jaelin.

    November 18, 2013

    • Veronica

      You need to sign up for the Meetup first before you can pick a child..Thanks

      November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Signed up.

      November 18, 2013

  • Mary

    I will buy for Ki

    1 · November 18, 2013

    • Veronica

      Mary..Make sure you sign up on the Meetup page

      November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will buy Brandyn's (male 14) Christmas list. If you need me to buy for other kids, just let me know.

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will buy for Alina (Female 8 years old).

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will buy a basketball and either shoes or a VTech toy for Mathew.

    November 18, 2013

  • Julie O.

    I will buy for Charles 11

    November 18, 2013

    • Veronica

      Julie, did you sign up for this? I don't see you signed up...

      November 18, 2013

  • Lilly

    Aziel (male)

    November 18, 2013

  • Mariela

    Hi Ladies:
    I'll be taking care of Aiden (Male age 6)

    November 18, 2013

    • Lilly

      I will buy for Aziel (male)

      November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will get a "girly" dress and some sort of art kit for Jaydey

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will buy the clothes and shoes for Saharra

    1 · November 18, 2013

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