USO New England wrote -
Operation Little Elf is USO New England’s annual morale-boosting outreach program that provides support for military families undergoing hardship during the holiday season. USO works with local commands to identify active duty families from all branches of service who are in need and would benefit most.
Benefiting military children, families are invited to attend a shopping day to personally select items of need and/or wish list gifts for their children. USO volunteers and staff provide a warm welcome to each guest to ensure a supportive, pleasant experience. Shopping assistance is provided if needed, and when purchases are complete, guests enjoy refreshments while their gifts are wrapped into festive packages that will be ready to go and out of sight from little eyes!
The New England USO serves over 40,000 troops and families each year from all branches of the service through visits at their 2 Centers and at over 50 outreach programs throughout the year, many of which are designed to support families undergoing deployment cycles and service members who are away from their network of family and friends.