Aiken moms group helping prepare for Elf on the Shelf with Christmas elf kits fundraiser

Oct. 28—Christmas will be here before you know it, and that means the return of many elves to families.

The Elf on a Shelf is a popular activity among families with young children; and to help make it easier, the Moms League of Aiken is selling Christmas elf kits as a fundraiser.

The kits can be ordered online through Oct. 31, and proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, said Kimberly McSpadden, president of Moms League of Aiken.

"The Christmas elf kits are for people who do Elf on the Shelf, for people that have an elf visit their house between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24," she said. "Some people just move their elf, and this will step it up. So there will be activities from the elf, science experiments, coloring sheets, puzzles, simple things ... it will come with most everything else with 24 days of activities, materials and a mini poster, which is like a little sign they can put out with the elf."

McSpadden added there also will be parent instructions included in the kit, but an elf is not included.

If picking up, the kits are $35 for one kid, she said; however, kits can be delivered for an extra $5 and each additional child is $3, she said. Payments can be made through Paypal or arrangements can be made for the kit to be paid with a check or cash.

"We'll have several pickup days in Aiken and Augusta in November; or they can also choose a home delivery, which a Moms League of Aiken member will deliver directly to their home or business," McSpadden said.

The home delivery is available only for the CSRA area.

The kit will come in a plain, white bag so the children don't see what's inside.

As for why the club decided to sell the kits as a fundraiser, McSpadden said that the organization usually does a fundraiser for a nonprofit in the area.

"We, hopefully, would like to raise money for an organization that benefits women and children in the CSRA. Our charity committee decides on several different ideas ... and the elf kit was an idea we had, and it is popular to people we are targeting; and we thought it might be a popular idea."

The mission of the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons is to support victims of domestic violence and sexual violence, along with their families, by providing services, advocating for social change, and getting rid of the tolerance of abuse, according to its website. Donations to the Cumbee Center can be made when purchasing the Christmas elf kits online, McSpadden said.

To purchase a kit, visit or the club's Facebook page. The deadline to preorder kits is Oct. 31.