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!

Team Captain

Hope Mazzola
HopeMazzola@optonline.net

Cell phone: (914) 714-0090

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities for Gift Room Setup & Elves

To cancel your name from a volunteer opportunity, email the Team Captain

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

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!

Ann Murphy

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!

Sharla Kaufman

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!

LIam Murphy

12/23

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Laurie Johnson

12/23

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Sarah Matthews

12/23

11 am - 1 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Michelle Petschek

12/23

11 am - 1 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Diane Fuller

12/23

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Joan Jajko

12/23

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Kathleen Jajko

12/23

1 pm - 3 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Martha Rubenstein

12/23

1 pm - 3 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Becca Rubenstein

12/23

2 pm - 4 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Eleanor Henrich

12/23

2 pm - 4 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Grace Henrich

12/23

3 pm - 5 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Sandra Roberti

12/23

3 pm - 5 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Rachael Griffin

12/23

10 am - 1 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

George Knoechel

12/24

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!

Dawn Selnes

12/24

2 pm - 4 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!

Saralyn Bass

12/24

9 am -11 am

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Danielle Colavito

12/24

9 am - 11 am

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Allison Colavito

12/24

9 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Lauren Colavito

12/24

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Jennifer Frawley

12/24

11 am - 1 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Tricia Padian

12/24

11 am - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Catherine Padian

12/24

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

John Foligno

12/24

12 pm - 2 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Michelle Foligno

12/24

1 pm - 3 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Jennifer Dembo

12/24

2 pm - 4 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Janessia Roberts

12/24

3 pm - 5 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Jessica Ortiz

12/24

10 am - 12 pm

Receive, sort and arrange gifts into gift rooms

(Please see description above)

Holiday spirit and a smile!

Theresa Iannarelli

12/25

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Knit hat distribution

300 hats to give away

Susan Sandberg

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Anne Lagotte

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Jean Lagotte

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Steve Lagotte

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Erica Lagotte

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Andrea Lagotte

12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Anna Jordan

Post Dinner 12/25

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sort, inventory and pack gift rooms after event

Organization skills and patience

Jessica Sterner

 

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.  

Hope Mazzola

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Approved Junior Elf to work with Adult Elf

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

Caylynn Maldonado

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Approved Junior Elf to work with Elf

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

Evan Mazzola

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Approved Junior Elf to work with Elf

 You must be approved prior to registering for this spot. Please email Head Elf at hopemazzola@optonline.net if you are interested in this spot for your child. See above for additional important info.  

robert shehadeh

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Back Room Elves

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

Marie Danko

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf to Help in Gift Rooms, Gym & Overflow

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

Jim Mazzola

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf with Junior Elf (approved by Head Elf). (Please see full description above.)

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

Dan & Chas Gilman

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.) plus 10-12 year old Junior Elf (Must be pre-Approved)

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

karen and thomas shehadeh

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elf. (Please see full description above.) plus Junior Elf (10-12) Must Be Pre-Approved

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

Christopher and Matthew Shehadeh

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.  

Barbara Lipp

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.  

Chuxiao Maldonado

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.  

Jared 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.  

Bruce Tabakman

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.  

Elaine Tabakman

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 Gamez-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.  

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.  

Ray Silverman

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.  

Randie Shane

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.  

Robert Mankowski

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.  

Luis Chiriboga

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.  

Lori Chiriboga

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.  

Lauren Chiriboga

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.  

Matthew Chiriboga

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 Sandlund

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.  

Sten Sandlund

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.  

Lily Sandlund

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.  

Kate Sandlund

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.  

Jacqueline Zenon

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.  

Justin Zenon

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.  

David Zenon

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.  

Jessica Santoro

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.  

austin blumenfeld

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.  

Victoria blumenfeld

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 blumenfeld

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.  

Bobby blumenfeld

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.  

Lauren 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.  

Alex 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.  

Luke 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.  

kurt Schulman

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.  

Steve 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.  

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.  

Shelley Tabakman

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.  

Dylan Owen

December 25 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Reindeer to work with Santa

 Will be working with Rudolph in the gym.  Must be okay with separation from parent. Preferred ages 7-10 years old.

Lily Gilman

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

Carl Banks

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

Leah Benincasa