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Project Elf

Thank you to ALL our amazing donors who supported us this holiday season!

We will NOT be accepting donations December 24 & 25  

Help provide Christmas-morning gifts for children and youth in need.

Each holiday season, The Christmas Box International helps to fill Santa’s sleigh for children, teens and young adults in our community who have been abused, neglected, or faced homelessness, and often don’t have anyone to share Christmas with them.

Project Elf offers fun and meaningful opportunities for businesses, individuals, families, neighborhoods, schools, scouts, and church groups to brighten the holidays for those in need because every child deserves a Christmas.

This year, we need YOUR help to to provide more children a Merry Christmas Morning.

Thanks to the generous community support received through Project Elf in 2019, we were able to serve approximately 1,700 children and youth in need during the holidays!  Unfortunately, this was a substantial drop from previous years, even though the individual needs did not drop.  We need more help this year.  Please join us in providing a Merry Christmas Morning to as many children as possible by participating in Project Elf.


How Can You Help with Project Elf Today?


Donate Gift Cards:

Our greatest need is for $25 Walmart Gift Cards.  We provide these to the families with children in the system so that they can purchase the gifts their children want and need.  They also help us buy specific items for the children in the Christmas Box Houses, or allow teens to do their own Christmas shopping. 

Our goal this year is to collect at least 1,000 cards, which will help 500 children have a Merry Christmas Morning.

Donate new clothing, toys, supplies, etc. from the Christmas Wish Lists:

Many like to purchase gifts from our Christmas Wish Lists and deliver them, (or have them delivered by Amazon, etc.), for Christmas Morning.  Donated Gifts typically range from $10 – $50. (Out of respect for the kids, and health precautions, we only accept new items.)  

Gifts for specific children are selected by staff from these in-kind donations as children and teens come into the shelter throughout December, so that even if they move on before Christmas Day they will have received some Christmas gifts.  

Project Elf also serves young adults transitioning from foster care or homelessness through projects such as Salt Lake County’s Milestone Transition Houses.  You can help provide these young adults new clothing, basic household items, move-out necessities kits, and even food, to help them make the transition to adulthood and self reliance as they set up their first homes of their own.

Organize a Project Elf Donation Drive:

Join with others by leading a Project Elf Donation Drive to collect gift cards, gifts and monetary donations as a group.  To learn more click here.

Make a monetary donation to help fill in the gaps.

If you prefer that we do the shopping for you, you may simply make a monetary donation which will help the children both during the holiday season, and throughout the year.  Click Here to make a monetary donation today.


Thank you for your anticipated generous support, because every child deserves a Merry Christmas Morning! 


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