Little Elves for Little Angels (LELA) is a Central Florida non-profit that operates what they call a “Virtual Angel Tree.” They service the less fortunate in the Central Florida area with gifts that the families would not otherwise be able to provide for their children.
Last year, the organization was able to help 193 children in need. However, the number of “Angels” requesting assistance currently exceeds the number of willing “Elves.” As of November 26, there were 34 children on the waiting list.
Heather Seymour of LELA and some of the other “Elves” are hoping that additional sponsors will join the effort and that some local businesses will also offer their help.
Families requesting assistance must first qualify then, after acceptance, submit each child’s name, age, clothing sizes and three wish list gifts. the gift request should not exceed $40.
Seymour said that the program was started by a small idea her children had. Adrianna then 10, Tristan then 7 and Hayden then 5 wanted to raise money for their less fortunate peers before going back to school two years ago.
Janeen Lumpkin, an Orlando grade school teacher, said that Seymour is “extremely dedicated and puts her heart into this (program).” Lumpkin is sponsoring children this year but is concerned that some may go without.
Deborah Bracknell of Lake Mary has helped the Elves for two years – for Christmas and for Easter. “I have adopted a family of three for this year’s Christmas – a single mother and three children,” Bracknell said. “Mothers never want anything except for their children. I buy a gift card at an adult store for mom (and/or dad) that doesn’t sell anything but adult (mostly clothing) items because parents deserve something too.”
Bracknell added that she “cannot say enough about Heather and what she does.” But she also knows that sometimes the tide turns. Bracknell pointed out that a family that served as Elves last year came upon hard times and now they are on the Angels list.
One of the most appealing components of this charity, Seymour explained, “is that not only does the sponsor get to pick the Angel and see their picture, they will also receive photos of the Angels after Christmas with the gifts so they will see where their kindness went.”
If you are able to help or if you have further questions, please email the organization at: firstname.lastname@example.org of visit their facebook page or call Heather Seymour at 407-283-1090.