Project USO Elf

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Project USO Elf

USO’s Project Elf helps junior enlisted military families celebrate the holiday season by fulfilling some of the holiday gift wishes of their children and creating a festive atmosphere where these families feel appreciated and supported by the community. This program is a salute to our smallest military heroes and their families. Project Elf provides 1300+ local military children throughout the region with age-appropriate holiday gifts from their personal “wish lists.” Individual donors, companies and and corporate employees are able to participate in this holiday tradition, with the ability to donate towards gifts for these special military families.

The USO is proud to continue our mission of serving those who serve and their families through a program like Project Elf.

Project USO Elf is a wish list matching program that pairs our youngest patriots ages 1-16 with generous community and corporate donors to make their holiday dreams come true! Paired donors select gifts up to $50 from a military child’s wish list to be distributed at local USO Centers, decked out for the day with food, games, crafts, and tons of holiday spirit.

A few pieces of important information

  1. EACH CHILD MUST BE INDIVIDUALLY REGISTERED for this event. Please fill out the registration form for EACH child to be entered in the lottery.

  2. The number of children registered does not affect your chances of being chosen in the lottery. Please do not enter each child in more than once- this will not help your chances in the lottery

  3. Annual registration is open from the beginning of October to the end of October. Winners will be notified by the first week in November.

  4. This program is available to active duty service members, E-1 to E-6, stationed in the DMV only. Command referral may be accepted for higher ranks with special conditions.

Register for USO Project Elf HERE

If you are not selected in the lottery, you will automatically be added to the waitlist.

Please check your email’s spam folder for updates as sometimes emails from us are filtered out of the email inbox.

All cancellations must be submitted by email to
a minimum of two hours before the event

Email MUST include your first and last name, phone number, service branch, event location, and reason you are no longer able to attend. All other forms of cancellation will NOT be accepted. I.E. Phone call or voicemail, hand-written note, verbal communication with staff or volunteers, etc. If you do not email prior to the event start, you will be listed as a “No Show”.

Please contact the USO Mid-Atlantic Holiday Email Hotline with any questions about this program at

Thank you to our Project USO Elf sponsors at BAE Systems, GDIT, and Humana Military, and supporters CISCO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Alvarez & Marsal for making this program possible! If you wish to make a donation to Project USO Elf, click HERE.

Would you like to become Project USO Elf a community partner? click HERE for more information.

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