Ellie's Elves

We Support and Encourage Local Families During Times of Crisis

Ellie's Elves is a nonprofit (501c3) organization whose mission is to support and encourage local families during times of crisis. 

Our organization was founded in memory of Princess Ellie Blaine who bravely battled pediatric cancer. The inspiring journey of this 2-year-old Virginia native moved us to help our community & families needing support and through our efforts her legacy lives on! 

Ellie's Elves has a focus in assisting families facing cancer and other illnesses, support through clothing and food for foster care families and a helping hand for families who have suffered traumatic life events like house fires. 

Ellie's Elves hosts three locations of Elves Donation Closets where we store clothing and shoes for all ages, housewares, toiletries and other necessities. Ellie's Elves also supports "Ellie's Toy Closet." The toy closets are stocked with new toys, electronics and books for pediatric patients receiving care in the facility. 

We have two locations for pediatric patients, one in the Mary Washington Hospital Regional Cancer Center and a second in the main building of Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Va. Ellie's Elves also created the Pediatric Oncology Fund at the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation. 

The Pediatric Oncology Fund helps to offer a wider range of medical resources for local pediatric cancer families. Ellie's Elves hosts various events and fundraisers throughout the community with the sole purpose of helping to shine light during a family's darkest hours as well as supporting the MWH Foundation's Pediatric Oncology Fund. #letitshine

More about what Us

The Story of Ellie

An Orange County princess is now an angel.

After months of battling Pineoblastoma, a rare, malignant brain tumor, Ellie Blaine, 2, passed away Sunday morning—leaving behind a legacy reached far beyond her Orange County home.

Ellie and her story have impacted thousands, both near and far. After her diagnosis in February, dozens of people donated so the family could have iPads to communicate since Ellie and father, Richard, traveled to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN for treatment while then 4-year-old Noah and pregnant mother Carly stayed home to welcome baby Sarah-Grace. 

When the family sold t-shirts supporting Ellie, sales surpassed...

Erin Fines

As Diane Tweed looked around her Spotsylvania County living room, her eyes alighted on a dark blue sofa and gleaming oak side tables. But her mind’s eye saw a hospital bed, oxygen tanks and a pile of plastic pill bottles.

The last vestiges of her daughter’s battle with colon cancer had been removed shortly after her death in April, but the bittersweet memories lingered in the rooms where Erin Fines spent her final months.


In the living room, Fines snuggled with her sons, desperate to spend as much time as possible with her young boys. In the adjacent screened-in porch, Fines drank coffee with her father each morning, finding moments of... 

Law Enforcement

Joni Kanazawa pulled out her phone and stated scrolling through her contacts.

“I’m trying to figure out who can bring some Hugs,” she said.

Kanazawa looked around the room. “We’re short on love,” she laughed.

The fellowship hall of the Hollywood Church of the Brethren was actually brimming with affection—the tables were laden with candy, flags, ribbon, markers and stickers as more than 30 people assembled 210 goody bags for law enforcement officers.

But those goody bags included a poem, which named specific candy, such as “Lifesavers to remind you of the many times you’ve been one,” and “Mounds... 

Three Amazing Ladies

Theresa Rasmussen is not an inactive person. Though she commutes to Alexandria every day for her job as a cartographer for the ARMY Corps of Engineers, she’s also an avid hiker as well as a landscape photographer. Which was why when she found a small, pea-sized lump below her collarbone, she immediately had it checked out by her doctor.

“My doctor didn’t think it was anything,” she says. “But she did a biopsy and it was breast cancer.”

The diagnosis was Stage 1, which Theresa refers to as “lucky.” Her cancer was a rare form called tubular, which means that although it was invasive, it was less aggressive.

“They call it well-differentiated,” she says. “Which means that it’s less likely to grow quickly or spread. If you’re going to have it... 

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Ellie's Elves

Located at Rector's Repair & Welding, off Hwy 17N. Address is 92 Le-Way Drive, Fredericksburg. Donations from NON-SMOKING homes are accepted and may be dropped off M-F 8:30am-5pm. Clothing, Housewares, Food for local families in need. It’s greatly appreciated if clean clothing donations are separated by size and gender, as it helps us get items out more efficiently to families in need.



8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm