Secret Santa Elves of Nashua back in action and seeking your help

Secret Santa gifts stack up in the Welcome Center during last year’s Secret Santa Elves of Nashua collection. (Photo courtesy of the Elves))

There’s a lot of Christmas spirit out there to share, so the Secret Santa Elves of Nashua have come up with another way to do it this year.

In its first few year, the community group started its Secret Santa gift giving. Last year, they added Letters to Santa and caroling. This year, the Secret Santa Elves are adding The Angel Card Project.

“Many seniors will spend the holiday alone,” said Elf Donna Peterson. “By mailing cards, you can help brighten a senior’s holiday. This is for cards only, but if you wish to send more than that, we leave that decision up to you.”

To participate, contact the Secret Santa Elves of Nashua through their Facebook page or text 319-429-1004 or 563-419-3545

The guidelines for Angel Cards are:

— You are responsible for supplying the card and postage

— Please write a thoughtful message.

— Sign just your first name.

— All cards need to be mailed by Dec. 16.

“This is a great project for the entire family,” said Peterson. “A card from a caring person can really brighten a person’s day.”

SANTA AND HIS ELVES CAROLING

The Secret Santa Elves and Santa will be caroling to seniors and shut-ins on Dec. 11. Surprise a friend or family with caroling and a gift from the elves by texting 563-419-3545 or 319-429-1004 and adding a name and address to the caroling list.

SECRET SANTA FOR AREA CHILDREN

If you know a family that could use a little extra help this Christmas, let the Secret Santa Elves of Nashua know. Text to 319-429-1004 with their first name, age, gender, address and short wish list. This is done completely anonymously to respect everyone’s privacy and feelings.

To be a Secret Santa, text 319-429-1004 or 563-419-3545 to adopt a child. Make sure to put the child’s name on the gift. There is a $25 gift limit. All gifts need to be dropped off at the Welcome Center in Nashua by Dec. 16. Make sure you put your name on the bag somewhere so the elves can match it to the child.

“Nashua really stepped it up last year, helping 39 families and 82 kids have a wonderful Christmas,” said Peterson. “Let’s get to work, elves and make sure all of the kids have a great Christmas this year!”

LETTERS TO SANTA

Between Nov. 15-Dec. 13, children are invited to drop off letters to Santa at the Santa Mailboxes in the Nashua Public Library, First State Bank or Lincoln Savings Bank. Children can pick up a coloring sheet on which to write their letter and color. They are also invited to write and decorate their own letter. Letters can also be dropped off inside of the Nashua Post Office in the mail slot

Then, children should watch their mail, Santa will be sending you a letter back.

KEY DATE

Nov. 15-Dec. 15 — Drop off letters to Santa

Dec. 11 — Santa and His Elves to go Christmas Caroling

Dec. 16 — Deadline to mail Angel Cards and to drop off Secret Santa gifts at the Welcome Center