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*** 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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!!
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!
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?
We would like to start a community-wide holiday tradition on Bainbridge Island called Elves on The Rock. We appeal to the Elf in all of you to make this happen. We extend an open invitation to all Islanders as well as friends and family who may live off-Island. Our hope is to make the holidays brighter for Island families. Six families have currently been selected and, if donations allow, we will attempt to accommodate others.
Our six families include ten adults and 15 children. Boys ages include: 22,18,16,12, 9, and 7. Girls ages include:
1 1/2 ,4, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16.
Please drop off new unwrapped items at Bainbridge Self Storage at 9300 Sportsman Club Road. They are volunteering to be our main drop point and are open 7 days per week. You can reach them at 206-855-9500. We are accepting new unwrapped toys, gifts, gift cards, cash, clothing, food, wrapping paper, and tape. We will also be sharing a paypal account on this event page where you can make donations through your paypal account. We will be accepting donations from now through December 18th.