Elf Angels and Jingling Bells
the season to do good things for others and to Pay
It Forward en masse. That is just what happened at
McDuffie Pest Control this holiday season. When Dana
McDuffie was approached by her employees, who wanted
to 'get her something nice for Christmas' this year,
she had an awesome idea. She asked the employees to
donate the money they would have spent on a gift to
help the needy families in our own community, and
she matched the funds raised dollar for dollar.
Basically she was saying, why not give it to
someone you don't know and may never meet?
Every year we see and hear about the noble and
compassionate efforts put forth by the churches in
the area, the Angel Trees we are free to pluck an
unnamed child from, and the fund raisers that are
aimed at relieving the suffering of the less
fortunate. But my guess is that we all know someone
who needs something but doesn't fall into the
cross-hairs of any agency that might help them.
Enter... the Elf Angels.
her employees about Ms. Debbie Heustess and the
unsung heroism displayed by the Bladen County
community. Ms. _ (as she prefers to be called) is
one of many local citizens who wish to do good deeds
for others without their left hand knowing what
their right hand is doing. If you sympathize with
that sentiment, you are not alone. The employees at
McDuffie's jumped at the chance to be a part of
that. I don't want to rob anyone of an anonymous
blessing here, but I can tell you from personal
experience, people in this community do nice things
for other people all the time. This is a very loving
So I called Ms._ and she told me a
thing or two. These folks she calls the Elf Angels
are just locals like you and me. They are people who
hear about the misfortune of someone else and feel
compelled to be of assistance without being praised
for it. I'm talking about altruism. They take note
of it when life deals a harsh blow to a good person,
and they remember that person at Christmas time.
This is more than 'just for children' in its
scope. Do you know anyone whose grown children have
come back to the nest with offspring? Do you know
anyone that is still struggling with the job market
since the 'economic downturn' of 2008? Has anyone
you know suffered a house fire? Yes, there is a way
to remember those individuals when taking stock of
the year that you have just enjoyed. Again, enter...
the Elf Angels.
Elf Angels sponsor events
throughout the year to raise the funds needed to
reach out to the community at this time of year. Not
to be politically incorrect, but Christmas time is
the time of year that christians usually choose to
express their gratitude to God for His unmatchable
gift. The Elf Angels sponsored a bake sale this
year, as well a Halloween party, and have received
many gifts of clothing, toys, and money. Ms._ asked
me to include in this article, her heart-felt
gratitude to those who contributed and those who
'shopped till they were ready to drop' to make this
year's effort a success, (special thanks go out to
This year has seen no less
than 60 families, in this community, benefit from
the efforts of those who don't seek praise, but wish
to do good work. Yes, all the goods and funds raised
through this effort go to Bladen County families.
The Elf Angels buy clothes, warm coats, shoes and
socks, school uniforms, and whatever the situation
calls for when a need presents itself. You may
contribute to this worthy cause by contacting
McDuffie Pest Control at, 910-862-3635, because they
know the Head Elf Angle's number.
all have a joyous and blessed holiday season.