The concept for Elf Shelf was proposed by a delegation from First Baptist Church Radford, who saw a similar program in Baltimore.  The first year of operation was 1993.  At that time it was held at the Radford School Board building and there were no eligibility requirements.  Consequently, it was difficult to predict demand and ensure availability of goods.  In following years, eligibility requirements were established, procedures refined, community support elicited, and Elf Shelf soon began to flourish. Radford Elf Shelf is now held each year at Grove United Methodist Church, usually the first weekend in December.

Board of Directors

President: Ann Walker       
Vice President: Penny Sweet  
Treasurer: Karen Smith       
SecretaryLaura Eanes      
Board Members:
Delores Smith
Palma Clark
Cheryl Schull Loving 
Dennis Overdorf       
Community Partnerships
Over the years solid relationships have developed within the community which allow Elf Shelf to function more efficiently.  Partnerships, cooperative efforts or collaborations involved in this project include:
Rotary Club—solicitation, receiving donations
Rotary representative—record keeping, financial advice
Grove United Methodist Church—distribution/storage/screening site
Industrial Drives—truck/driver picks up purchases at Wal-Mart and delivers to Grove
Harvey Chevrolet—new bike assembly/used bike repair or clean-up
McHarg Elementary School—donation of books
Belle Heth Elementary School—donation of books
Dalton Middle School—donation of gifts
Radford High School—donation of gifts
Radford Clothing Bank—loan of shopping baskets
Banks/Churches/Businesses—collection site for gifts
Radford University sororities/fraternities/athletics—volunteers