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Latest Message from Elves On The Rock

A Public Message From “Elves On The Rock”
The 2014 Holiday Campaign by “Elves on the Rock” was a tremendous success. The community was asked for support to help out a few ‘Rock’ families – The ‘Rock’ community responded with unexpected generosity. Thanks to the people ‘On The Rock’, initial goals enabled expanding and provided help to 35 families including ten individuals and some of our Island’s homeless and live-a-board communities.
Since the close of the Holiday Campaign some things have changed. One group opted to not utilize the information sharing and donations the way they should have been. Thus ‘Elves On The Rock’ separated from the other members who have formed their own group ‘Keep It On The Rock’. It was a sad day however something needed to be done to make the ‘Elves’ to be as intended; to be unknown. Thus to clarify a few things:
– First, http://www.elvesontherock.com/ was registered as a valid domain during the first big group meeting. Email was being sent to the domain by other members. One member had her own email address @elvesontherock.com. The design was for posting information on the site for what was going on and an auction site was added so any items which were donated would be auctioned off without others knowing who was doing the bidding. This would have made it a more appropriate way of doing things and record keeping would have been greatly improved.
· Second ‘Elves on the Rock’ was registered with the State of Washington after the group split when they stated they did not want to use the website. Company names, domain names, etc are all out there in for people to register for as long as they are willing to pay for the rights to do so. I have not allowed eight of the other group to be a part of the new ‘Elves On The Rock’. There have been numerous other volunteers who want to be a part of this and do so all without public recognition.
· Third, the PayPal link originally used to collect funds on behalf of “Elves on the Rock” was removed by request of one of the other eight members to a different individual I had given access to the website for making modifications. Only after the other group opted to not utilize the website or paypal which was recommended to be used (sending to donate@elvesontherock.com) going to a business account rather than a personal account was this changed. There have been no funds into another account. They don’t need access to it, they did not want to use it. I never had access to the account which was setup in a private individuals name.
– Fourth, if any misappropriations of funds it is with the separated group. All monies were promised to the community it would go for the Christmas Holidays. in the end the other members decided to withhold over $2,700 not using it for its intent. No access to the new account are necessary to the other group. Again no funds are being solicited. Donations to the PayPal account used during the entire original “Elves on the Rock” were not properly received through the duration of the campaign.
· Fifth, to reiterate as above not all monies collected during the Holiday Campaign were disbursed appropriately for and used in the spirit of the campaign or as requested by donors. No donors requested money to be held over.
· Sixth, the new ‘Elves On The Rock” will continue our efforts. As a future charitable organization registered in the State of Washington, we expect to undertake small events throughout the year – and undertake another Holiday Campaign later in 2015. Our mission is one of inspiring community help and hope for fellow Bainbridge Islanders.
– Seventh, contrary to what the other group has published on Facebook there is no organization registered with the state as a business or non-profit at all. This can be verified by going to the Department of Licensing with the State of Washington. Make sure your donations are going to where they can be tracked appropriately.
Please watch this Facebook page for announcements of our future activities.
Thank you for your help and support.

 

Helpline Needs Your Help

Bainbridge Island Helpline needs your help. Their stock of basic necessities was depleted over the holidays and we are asking for donations to help them; toilet paper, diapers items along those lines. Please donate directly to Helpline. This will help them immensely.

Thank you

Elves On The Rock

Elves on The Rock Press Release

Elves on the Rock, a group of local Bainbridge Islanders, has gathered donations with a total value in excess of $10,000, including gifts of toys, clothing, groceries, and basic necessities. The group was founded to address the immediate needs at the local level. Said Joe Wettleson, one of the group’s founders, “we just want to be in the Christmas spirit of neighbors helping neighbors.” Another group Elf, Greg Beemer, recalls that his parents along with many other old island families did something similar in the 60’s and 70’s, and is glad to see it resurrected.

The group consists of many individuals that are active in the community and with a pulse on where and who may be experiencing difficulty or otherwise may have gone without assistance this holiday season. Additionally, other community members aware of the group’s intent nominated families that were then vetted by committee. What started in early December as a hope to reach a few families grew quickly thanks to the outpouring of support from Bainbridge residents as well as businesses and even some outside of the immediate area. The majority of donations were gathered from community members with an open call to drop off donations of goods to Bainbridge Self Storage and through an online auction with a wide variety of local businesses, artists, and individuals showing their support with donated items. Many were bid far beyond their value, and a couple of very generous donors gifted in addition to the bids for the items they’d won. With such tremendous support, the group was able to provide holiday cheer to more than 35 households as well as provide for ongoing support for the homeless. Gifts provided to families and individuals were based on number of household members, need, and ability to fulfill those needs with donated goods and services.

Elves on the Rock plans to be around next year for Christmas giving and will likely plan and administer other events during the course of the year.

Elves on the Rock Update

***Elves on the Rock Update*** So far, all you wonderful people of this great giving community have donated $1306 in cash, $500 in gift cards, 2 boxes of toys and clothes to Bainbridge Self Storage, that was from check in 3 days ago, more dropped off since!! So many exciting services/goods that are available for BID now on Elves on The Rock Online Auction. So far you wonderful people have bid a reprted $3945 on the auction site!! Really!!! This is incredible, you people amaze me. This includes $300 Thats A Some Pizza raised , thanks to the BHS Wrestling team for their efforts! Remember you can drop off toys clothes or gift cards at Bainbridge Self Storage on Sportsman Club, make a cash donation on PayPal using elvesontherock@yahoo.com (make sure to send using the friend option), or participate in the Auction which is currently underway, new gifts added as we speak!! So much in so little time, Amazaballs! This next week will be more wonderful news I’m sure!!! Thanks all, proud to call you all Real Bainbridge Islanders!! Also Two Very Special Elves did their own good Elvie deeds!! Linda Keeney Thurrott and her wonderful team down at Best Western pooled together and donated much needed food and gifts to a well deserving family, and had enough to provide food and some household items to another well deserving family!!! Make sure to thank them when you get a chance!! Also our Elf Bonnie stepped up and helped deliver needed items for a family seeking help!! So much good from so many!! And a special thanks to all you Real/Unreal Bainbridge Islanders for your participation in this community effort!!

That’s A Some Pizza

Today is the day! From 11am to 8pm order any large full price pizza from That’s A Some Pizza, mention “Elves on the Rock” and two dollars from every one of those pizzas will be donated to local families that need our help this holiday season! Pick up or delivery 206-842-2292. Go Hawks and go Elves on the rock!

Make Christmas Brighter

Dear Friends,

Help make Christmas a little brighter on Bainbridge Island. A group of us recently established Elves on the Rock to help families and kids to have a better holiday this year.

It is exciting to see the momentum the Elves have generated so far, but unfortunately we are aware of far more need than we have the resources to address today…and the clock is running out to have an impact in time for Christmas. We are seeking donations, items or services to auction and cash contributions to help improve the holidays for others.

If you’d like to help, visit our Elves on the Rock and Elves on the Rock Auction event pages on Facebook, or make an instant pay donation with the friends and family option at PayPal using elvesontherock@yahoo.com.

The Eagle Harbor Inn & Eagle Harbor Electric Boat has graciously donated!

From Bonnie McBryan

As the owners of The Eagle Harbor Inn and the Eagle Harbor Electric Boat my husband, Cihan Anisoglu, and I will donate some gift certificates to Elves on the Rock. We are hoping that some others will join us with certificates for a meal at a restaurant, a massage, or maybe a gift from a local store. This is a fast turnaround — so you can do a little Christmas shopping at an on-line auction for some local families in need. What do you think? Would you donate? Or would you buy a gift certificate?