Elves Wanted To Spread Christmas Joy

Elves from the Española Teen Center load their sleigh to join Santa in delivering gifts to children of the Pajarito Housing Community. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

Each year in December, Santa and teenage elves from the Española Teen Center pay a gift-giving visit to the children of the Pajarito Housing Community in Española.

The elves deliver stockings stuffed with “warm” gifts, gifts that warm a body to the nearly 100 youngsters in the community.

Española Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval works with the housing authority to ensure each child gets an appropriately sized gift, either a hat, scarf, gloves, socks and cocoa, candy canes and/or a cup of soup.

Santa is putting a call out to other elves for donations of new children’s size gloves or mittens, socks, scarves, hats and gifts of soup and/or cocoa.

Donations will be accepted at The Family YMCA through Dec. 2 and then delivered to the Española YMCA Teen Center for sorting with deliver to the community in mid December.

 The Center also prepares a Thanksgiving meal in late November for Teen Center members and is seeking donations of three turkeys.

Items needed:

  • Three Turkeys;
  • 100 children’s gloves, socks, scarves and hats; and
  • Soup, cocoa and candy canes.

To donate, call the Center at 505.747.6569.