The Milton Elf, a Facebook group founded by two Canadian women, has received over 400 nominations and has delivered over 120 gifts to residents of Milton in an attempt to spread holiday cheer.
Photo by The Milton Elf/Facebook
MILTON, Ontario, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A Facebook campaign started by a pair of Canadians is working to spread holiday cheer by delivering gifts to unsuspecting residents.
Residents can visit The Milton Elf Facebook group and nominate others to have gifts delivered to them by founder Cai Clark-West and her team of elves, who also make random deliveries throughout the area.
"We may find you in the parking lot, store or simply walking around," the page's description reads. "We also leave stuff on persons cars, door steps, shopping carts and we get messages of people who may need help in our community."
In just two weeks, the group has received more than 400 nominations and delivered more than 124 gifts to various people throughout Milton.
Co-founder Kay Loforte told CBC News that the idea came to her as she was volunteering with a friend making gift baskets and was reminded of the amount of people who sent her meals and other gifts when she suffered a broken ankle.
After cashing in some reward points and receiving unsolicited donations, The Milton Elf began delivering gifts and leaving stockings and lottery tickets on doors and car windows.
"We want the whole community to feel loved," said Loforte.
The movement became so popular that Loforte and Clark-West were forced to close nominations as of Dec. 19 in order to see to it that the over 400 that they had already received could be fulfilled.