Arkansas Hospice Elf Squad to brighten holidays for patients

By David Edwards on November 15th, 2022

Media Contact:  David Edwards
Phone:  501-748-3303  

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – For a second year, Arkansas Hospice is brightening the holidays for patients facing life-limiting illnesses through its Elf Squad.

“The Elf Squad was a wonderful success last year,” said Harriet Hawkins, Arkansas Hospice’s director of volunteers. “Our patients come from all walks of life. They love getting gifts like socks, slippers, blankets and large-print puzzle books. These items might seem small, but they can provide comfort and joy for these fellow Arkansans facing what will most likely be their last holiday season.”

There are two ways to join the Arkansas Hospice Elf Squad:

  1. SHOP FOR GIFTS: The public is invited to take ornaments from Elf Squad trees at participating merchants and locations throughout Arkansas Hospice’s 43-county service area. The back of each ornament has a small list of potential gifts. Once items have been purchased, ornaments should be taped to unwrapped gifts and returned to the same location. Gifts will be collected through Dec. 14.
  2. GIVE ONLINE: Support Arkansas Hospice programs like the Elf Squad that benefit our fellow Arkansans by giving online.

All Elf Squad tree locations and how to give online can be found online at

“It’s our goal to deliver gifts to as many patients as possible again this holiday season,” Hawkins said. “Whether you prefer to buy gifts or to donate online, your generosity is truly appreciated.” Last year, the Arkansas Hospice Elf Squad placed gifts in the hands of more than 500 patients, with this year’s total projected to be higher. As the state’s largest non-profit provider of hospice services, Arkansas Hospice cares for patients and their families in 43 counties. The Elf Squad is part of the Arkansas Hospice Volunteer program in conjunction with the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, which increases awareness and raises funds for the mission of Arkansas Hospice.

To learn more about the Arkansas Hospice Elf Squad, the nonprofit organization’s services, and its volunteer and career opportunities, please visit

Hundreds of Arkansas Hospice patients are touched each year by your gifts to the Elf Squad.
Tree displays and Elf Squad ornaments can be found at local area merchants.

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