Wanting to make Christmas a little brighter for Queensland kids in foster care, brothers Jack and Hayden embarked on a project that is now making waves across the region.
In 2017, brothers Jack (9) and Hayden (6), had a vision to help make Christmas a little brighter for Queensland kids in foster care. They wanted to give Christmas presents to children less fortunate and were determined to find a way to get as many people as possible to help.
And so, ‘The Little Elves Project’ was born.
The first event in 2017 saw the community come together and donate an incredible 2,500 gifts! This year, Jack and Hayden are on a mission to double that number so as many children as possible will have a brighter Christmas.
Completely volunteer based, Jack, Hayden and mum Kate support the worthwhile charity, GIVIT (givit.org.au), and will be collecting on their behalf.
GIVIT have over 8,000 children across Queensland in care.
We chat to Kate Armstrong, the amazing mama behind the project, to find out more.
Tell us about your little elves Jack and Hayden?
Jack and Hayden are like most boys their age. They love playing outside, going to the beach, enjoying Friday movie nights at home, sports, cars and iPads.
Jack is quieter than his little brother. He’s sweet and thoughtful, considerate and kind, funny and affectionate. Hayden is incredibly funny, cheeky, lovable, a story teller and an animal lover.
How did the Little Elves Project come about?
The Little Elves Project was created by both Jack and Hayden. Jack came up with the name, they both decided on what they wanted to do, and we took it from there. I couldn’t be prouder of them and the way that they saw an opportunity to help others and made a plan. They’ve been around me when I’ve done other charity work and we regularly donate clothing, blankets and food to local charities and groups. I also help in organising events so we took the boys’ idea and ran with it.
And the boys have done this, despite facing their own challenges?
Yes, the last few years have been tough on the family – with both the boys having ADHD and Aspergers, so every day is an adventure! Being a single parent family, they don’t have a lot of material possessions to give. However, I have always encouraged the boys to help others in need. I really believe that we can each do our part. The boys and I have had a tough couple of years but we know there is always someone more in need that us, so we like to give back and help wherever we can.
I’m responsible for raising these boys to be kind, thoughtful and compassionate men and think it’s important for them to have an awareness of the needs of others around them and be involved in their community.
They’re typical boys who love to have fun and play, but I also want them to know there is more to life than just themselves. I’m constantly reminding them of just how fortunate we are to have a roof over our heads, toys, a warm bed and food in our tummies.
What age groups do you collect for?
We collect for boys and girls ages 0–17 years Gifts must be new and donated unwrapped. We have a page of gift ideas on the website!
How can people get involved?
Keep an eye out on the website, Facebook and Instagram pages for local collection points or come along on the day, bring your gift and join in the fun.
How can people continue to donate after Christmas?
Visit the Givit website at givit.org.au and search for items needed in your area. Donation requests are posted by registered charities and groups and all donations go directly to those in need. The work Givit have done, and continue to do, for those in need is just incredible.
Jack and Hayden, why do you love to do the Little Elves Project?
Jack: It’s fun and I like to give presents to the other kids. I like helping people and seeing people come on the day and have fun.
Hayden: I want to help kids get presents so they will be able to play and be happy at Christmas. It’s so much fun doing The Little Elves Project!
Thanks to The Club at Parkwood Village - Home of the Gold Coast Titans, The Little Elves Project will be holding a massive collection day on Saturday 17th November from 9am to 1pm. There’ll be food, fun, entertainment and activities for the kids. The community can bring their gifts along and join in the fun as a thank you on behalf of the children.