founders story

Greg Pressley is the co-founder and driving force behind the Charleston Elves program. From an early age, Greg couldn’t stand to think that any child might not get to experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning. It was this instinctual empathy and desire to make a difference that led him to found the Elves organization and motivates him to continue working to make sure that every child gets a chance to enjoy a magical holiday season.

     Originally based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Greg (along with a good friend) started the Elves organization with a website and a simple idea: that compassionate individuals could “Become an Elf” by sponsoring a needy child for the holidays. In their second year alone, the Elves helped adopt over 100 children. While helping to manage the program, Greg was blown away by the amount of kindness and support that they received from members of the local community.

     After moving to Charleston in 2006, the program officially changed its name to the Charleston Elves and transitioned into a local non-profit organization made up of volunteers from throughout the Charleston area, along with support from the local business community and government. While the Elves are committed to providing assistance to needy children and their families throughout the year, their main project is still the holiday gift drive. Each year during the holiday season, Greg and all of the wonderful volunteers and supporters of the Charleston Elves continue their mission of giving needy children a holiday experience that they will never forget.


Who are the Charleston Elves?
We are a group of volunteers within the Charleston community who are committed to giving needy children a special Christmas.
How do I sponsor a child and become a Charleston Elf?

Sign up to be a Charleston Elf by clicking on the following link: Become an Elf. Choose the children you want to sponsor, provide the required information and then follow the steps required to sponsor a child.

What are an Elf’s responsibilities?

Sponsor a child’s Christmas and attend the gift wrapping party or drop the unwrapped gifts off at one of the designated drop off locations, if the Elf can’t attend the gift wrapping party.

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