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During the Christmas season of 2012, one of the most popular good deeds performed by the anonymous do-gooders known as the Bangor (Maine) Elves was their version of “12 Days of Christmas.” Rosemary, an octogenarian, and her husband, Carl, were two of the recipients of a set of 12 gift bags given over 12 days. She said, “It’s one of the nicest things that has ever happened.” The 12 gift bags each contain a limerick and an explanation of a verse in the “12 Days of Christmas” song. On Day 2, the gift in the song is “two turtle doves.” Rosemary said, “On the day it was turtle doves, it was little chocolate turtles and then a Dove candy bar.” She added about the Bangor Elves’ version of “12 Days of Christmas,” “It was wonderful. I cried. It was just such a wonderful thing to have happen.” The anonymous Head Elf said, “I would say the favorite memory from this year is when one of the new elves in training — she is around six years old — was delivering for the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ says, ‘This is warming my heart.’ This little girl was having a great time delivering, but most importantly understood why she was doing it — to help others.” Rosemary said, “It was so heartwarming. You just don’t understand. They’ve helped so much.” The money for the Bangor Elves’ many good deeds (such as giving away gift cards, cutting firewood, buying gifts for a family of five, setting up a giving tree decorated with $1 bills for people in need to take) in 2012 came from “Elf Canisters” placed at 13 downtown Bangor businesses in early December.
For Further Information: Nok-Noi Ricker, “One ‘12 Days of Christmas’ recipient thanks Bangor Elves.” Bangor Daily News (Maine). 26 December 2013
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