Rebel Elves be­gin pre­par­ing for hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties

Trio to host back to-school car­ni­val fundraiser

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By SARA NEW­MAN snew­man@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @in­dy_­com­mu­nity

Maybe not all elves are nice, but these helpers are aim­ing to make the hol­i­day sea­son a lit­tle nicer for those in the hospi­tal.

The Rebel Elf Al­liance, a char­ity group made up of North Point High School se­niors Liz Nes­bit, 17, Francesca Bianco, 16, and Molly Pru­sia, 16, started last year as a way to de­liver some cheer and laughs to chil­dren and nurses in the hospi­tals around the area dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

The trio make cards and fill stock­ings with toys and treats and dis­trib­ute them to pa­tients in nearby hospi­tals with the hope that they can make the sea­son merry for all.

“I like see­ing the lit­tle kids smile,” Bianco of Wal­dorf said in an in­ter­view. “It gives you a sense of ac­com­plish­ment like you’re do­ing some­thing right with your life. It’s just re­ally fun.”

The friends came up with the idea for their group and its name one day when they were mak­ing cards to hand out to pa­tients. If they were go­ing to be elves, they de­cided, they were go­ing to be elves that worked out­side of the North Pole.

“We think of our­selves as rebels be­cause most elves stay in the work­shop with Santa [Clause],” Nes­bit of Port To­bacco said. “But we left to go to the hospi­tal and visit pa­tients there.”

Last year, the trio made 250 cards and 80 stock­ings for pa­tients and nurses at Calvert Memo­rial Hospi­tal, Univer­sity of Mary­land Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, and Gen­e­sis Health­care – this year, Nes­bit said she hopes to in­crease the num­ber of stock­ings do­nated and also visit Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal and maybe Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

The cards are home­made and the stock­ings are filled with stuffed an­i­mals, play­doh, chapstick, lo­tion, pens, pa­per, col­or­ing books, crayons, hand san­i­tizer, candy cans and other candy. Gift bags are dis­trib­uted to nurses with candy and items the girls think they may like.

The group also vis­ited the emer­gency rooms on Christ­mas Eve and threw a party for the kids at Univer­sity Mary­land Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal with crafts and food.

“No­body wants to be in a hospi­tal es­pe­cially around Christ­mas time,” Nes­bit said. “There was a lady there with her daugh­ter at Univer­sity of Mary­land Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, and we had a prize box, and she came up to us and said ‘Can I get one? I’ve been here for a week and I’ve been good.’ It was so adorable. We were able to in­ter­act with a group of chil­dren and they were so awe­some. They were mak­ing us laugh.”

“We just want to give them some­one to talk to,” Bianco said. “Some­times these kids can feel like they’re all alone when they’re sick but they’re not. We want them to know some­one out there cares about them.”

In prepa­ra­tion to pur­chase their fes­tive fa­vors, the three are host­ing a fundrais­ing event this week­end. The back to-school Car­ni­val will be

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Francesca Bianco, 16, Liz Nes­bit, 17, and Molly Pru­sia, 16, make up The Rebel Elf Al­liance, a group that do­nates good­ies to sick chil­dren and their nurses at lo­cal hospi­tals dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Francesca Bianco, 16, Liz Nes­bit, 17, and Molly Pru­sia, 16, — mem­bers of The Rebel Elf Al­liance — de­liv­ered cards and stock­ings to chil­dren and nurses at lo­cal hospi­tals dur­ing the hol­i­days last year. The group is con­tin­u­ing its ef­forts this year with a Back-To-School car­ni­val fundraiser this week­end.

Francesca Bianco, 16, Liz Nes­bit, 17, and Molly Pru­sia, 16, — mem­bers of The Rebel Elf Al­liance — de­liv­ered cards and stock­ings to chil­dren and nurses at lo­cal hospi­tals dur­ing the hol­i­days last year. The group is con­tin­u­ing its ef­forts this year with a Back-To-School car­ni­val fundraiser this week­end.

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