Gift Room Setup & Elves

 

Every dinner guest receives a generous supply of clothing, toys and gifts - delivered by our team of volunteer elves.  The preparation for the Dinner begins months in advance with solicitation of donations and on December 23 and 24, the massive inventory of donated gifts need to be sorted and arranged in the Montfort Academy classrooms. If you have a couple of extra hours to spare in the days before Christmas, please consider volunteering to help set up the gift rooms for our Elves.

On Christmas Day, 27 uniformed “Elves” greet and take care of the 30 tables of dinner guests. The elves welcome and interact with the guests and write down each guest’s Christmas wish list. While the guests are eating dinner, the elves go back into the classrooms and fill their sacks with the requested items. After dessert, Santa Claus arrives and calls his elves into the room. The elves then return to the tables and hand out the Christmas presents putting a smile on everyone's face!


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Team Captain

Lauren Torre

lauren@dnapublicity.com

Cell Phone: (914) 441-1791

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities for Gift Room Setup & Elves

To cancel your name from a volunteer opportunity, email the Team Captain: Lauren@dnapublicity.com

Gift Room Setup

Each year donations of clothing and gifts are received by our wonderful volunteers.  Please consider donating 2 hours (or more) of your time to help us sort through the gifts and set them up in the classrooms.  The classrooms are divided into "Men's", "Women's" and "Children's/Toys". On Christmas Day the Elves will be able to select appropriate gifts for each of our dinner guests from these classrooms. We require Holiday spirit and a smile - we can use people of all ages, sizes and abilities in the classrooms.  Large groups (i.e., Girl Scout Troops can volunteer together for a group project - please email the Head Elf to inquire about these opportunities).

Date Hours Job Description Requirements Volunteer

12/23

1 pm - 3 pm

Gift Shopper - yes, you must be willing to brave the Christmas Eve crowds to fill the gift rooms with needed inventory. You will be given a shopping list and reimbursed for purchases...do you have what it takes?

A Great Shopper!

Heidi Kaplan

12/23

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Our first shift helps to arrange the furniture in the classrooms and begins to unpack the gift items that have been in storage from the previous year. 

Should be able (and agreeable) to move light furniture.

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Alan Eifert

12/23

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Kelly Mitchell

12/23

11 am - 1 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Hannelore Gabriel

12/23

12 pm - 2 p.m.

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Sophia Lind

12/23

3 pm - 5 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Laura Perilli

12/23

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Brian Crane

12/23

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Kevin Crane

12/23

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Jessie Crane

12/23

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Jim Crane

12/23

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Laurie Lind

12/23

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Jill Wagner

12/23

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

leslie weissman

12/23

2 pm - 4 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Brian Crane

12/23

2 pm - 4 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Kevin Crane

12/24

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Lauren Colavito

12/24

11 am - 1 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Kseniia Sukach

12/24

11 am - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Cristina Friedman

12/24

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Melissa Traver

12/24

1 pm - 3 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Allison Colavito

12/24

3 pm - 5 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Tan

12/24

10 am - 1 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Cheryl Coyle

12/24

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Matthew Coyle

12/24

9 am -11 am

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Anne Lloyd

12/24

9 am - 11 am

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

John Lloyd

12/24

9 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Jill Westerman

12/24

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Athena Traver

12/24

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Matt Coyle

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Michael Gitlitz

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Rita Landman

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Michael Vitale

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Jasper Gitlitz

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Robin Melen

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Eric Melen

Post Dinner 12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Cristina Friedman

12/23

9 am - 11 am

Our first shift helps to arrange the furniture in the classrooms and begins to unpack the gift items that have been in storage from the previous year. 

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Alex Corsello

12/23

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Fran Campo

12/23

11 am - 1 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Cheryl Coyle

12/23

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Olivia Lind

12/23

1 pm - 3 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Matthew Coyle

12/23

1 pm - 3 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Heather Gordon

12/23

3 pm - 5 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Maureen Palmer

12/23

10:00 am - noon

Our first shift helps to arrange the furniture in the classrooms and begins to unpack the gift items that have been in storage from the previous year. 

Should be able (and agreeable) to move light furniture.

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Alexander Henrich

 

Elves

Elves need to be outgoing and fun, have a sense of humor and an ability to work under pressure (who knew that being an Elf was such a high-pressure job?).  You will be asked to move quickly and carry somewhat large gift bags.  You need to be organized, make decisions easily and play well with others. All while wearing an elf hat, red cheeks and an elf smock (really).

Elves must be over 18. Please note that there are a limited amount of spots available for Junior Elves (10-17). Please email the Head Elf in advance if you are volunteering for an Elf position and have a Junior Elf who would like to accompany you.  All Junior Elves MUST be preapproved and be put on the list at the door or they cannot be allowed entry on Christmas Day (causing unnecessary upset and confusion)...so PLEASE follow this important procedure.

Additionally, Elves will be asked to attend a 30 minute Elf Orientation at 6 pm on 12/23.  Please keep this in mind when volunteering for an Elf spot.

Phone #s and valid email addresses must be supplied when volunteering as an Elf.  We are counting on you for Christmas Day so please make sure this is a commitment you can keep

Date Hours Job Description Requirements Volunteer

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A) Head Elf.

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Alex Torre

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf to Help in Gift Rooms, Gym & Overflow - this Elf will be floating between helping out in the Gift Rooms and with last-minute arrivals in the Gym...

 APPROVED FOR MULTIPLE NAMES

You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Nina Preizler

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Back Room Elves to help select and pack gifts with Elves

APPROVED SPOT FOR MULTIPLE VOLUNTEERS

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Albert Lewis

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Back Room Elves to help select and pack gifts with Elves

APPROVED SPOT FOR MULTIPLE VOLUNTEERS

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Carol Gamez Citron

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS IS AN APPROVED ELF/JR ELF SPOT - Parent/Child under 18 - Enter 2 names and then send an email to the Head elf

DO NOT ENTER YOUR NAME OR YOUR CHILD'S NAME UNDER JR ELF - YOU MUST GET APPROVAL PRIOR TO SIGNING UP WITH A JR ELF...You must be approved prior to registering for a Jr Elf spot. Please email Head Elf at lauren@dnapublicity.com if you are interested in one of these spots for your child. See above for additional important info.  

Jackie and Marley Vogel

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Approved Junior Elf to work with Elf

DO NOT ENTER YOUR NAME OR YOUR CHILD'S NAME UNDER JR ELF - YOU MUST GET APPROVAL PRIOR TO SIGNING UP WITH A JR ELF...You must be approved prior to registering for a Jr Elf spot. Please email Head Elf at lauren@dnapublicity.com if you are interested in one of these spots for your child. See above for additional important info.  

edmond verbeke

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Approved Junior Elf to work with Elf

DO NOT ENTER YOUR NAME OR YOUR CHILD'S NAME UNDER JR ELF - YOU MUST GET APPROVAL PRIOR TO SIGNING UP WITH A JR ELF...You must be approved prior to registering for a Jr Elf spot. Please email Head Elf at lauren@dnapublicity.com if you are interested in one of these spots for your child. See above for additional important info.  

Luke Torre

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

BACK ROOM Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Steve Torre

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

BACK ROOM Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Sandy Preizler

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Aaron Mazzola

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Jami Barzelatto

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Georgia McLanahan

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Brooke McLanahan

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Kyle Torre

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Marisa Barzelatto

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Susan Leone

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Sydney Leone

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

THIS IS AN APPROVED ELF/JR ELF SPOT - Parent/Child under 18 - You may enter your names and then send an email to the Head Elf

Jeremy Delos Santos

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

Elf - You Must be 18

Devon Garner

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

Elf - You Must be 18

Howard Citron

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Kiersten Leone

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Rebecca Sussman

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Jeremy Sussman

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Gabrielle Sussman

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Samuel Sussman

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Anne Lewis

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Amber Lewis

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS IS AN APPROVED Elf/JR ELF SPOT - Approved 11/2

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Emi Knauer

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS IS AN APPROVED Elf/JR ELF SPOT - Approved 11/2

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Amy Day

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Lisa Morgan

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS IS AN APPROVED Elf/JR ELF SPOT - Approved 11/2

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Tyler Preizler

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS IS AN APPROVED ELF/JR ELF SPOT - Parent/Child under 18 - Enter 2 names and then send an email to the Head elf

APPROVED ELF/JR ELF: (BY Lauren) You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

jacob Preizler

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Nicole Morgan

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Juliet Day

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Alex Day

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Charles Day

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 THIS IS AN APPROVED ELF/JR ELF SPOT - APPROVED 11/7

Dylan Citron

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

THIS IS AN APPROVED ELF/JR ELF SPOT - Parent/Child under 18 - enter 2 names and send an email to the Head Elf

Neelam Narula

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Mireille Duchesne

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Greg Zeitlin

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Jenny Shaw

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

APPROVED FAMILY SPOT

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Justine Hecker

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Emily Bloom

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Richard Zipperman

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Margot Preizler

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Michele Avon

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Carol Avon

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

kim oliver

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.)

 You must be 18 or older. See above for additional important info.  

Ray Silverman

December 25 - Christmas Day

12:30 - 3:00 pm

Reindeer to work with Santa

 Will be working with Rudolph in the gym.  Parents MUST be signed up and working at event on Christmas Day - but Must be okay with separation from parent. Preferred ages 7-10 years old.

Luca Culotta

December 25 - Christmas Day

11:00 - 3:30 pm

Security for Elves & Gift Rooms - Ensuring that only Elves are allowed entry into the Gift Rooms

Joeph Jednesty

December 25 - Christmas Day

11:00 - 3:30 pm

Security for Elves & Gift Rooms - Ensuring that only Elves are allowed entry into the Gift Rooms

Adam Nery