The population whose hope for a Christmas will rely on the Annual Riverside County Bar Association Elves Program is at a record high, according to attorney Brian Pearcy, who goes by the title Head Elf this time of year.
“Last year we had a tremendous spike of the families in need, about 30%, and this year is even greater,” he said by phone Dec. 11. “We have 113 families this year: 326 children and 125 adults.”
Last year the program helped about 80 families.
The elves bring Christmas – the gifts, the dinner and even the gasoline that enables people to visit loved ones – to Riverside County residents