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Louise Locker

Get well soon, Elf Louise

If you’ve ever lived in San Antonio, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Elf Louise Christmas Project. I’m sad to say that “Elf” Louise Locker has suffered a heart attack, but thankfully appears to be recovering nicely.

The woman behind one of San Antonio’s most prolific Christmas-based charities, Louise Locker, had a heart attack Sunday evening, according to a posting on her facebook page by talk show host Chris Duel.

On Monday morning “Elf” Louise, as she is better known, wrote on her page: “3am in the morning. At Northeast Baptist Hospital. Caring staff. Comfortable. Mostly I am so thankful that I checked out what I thought was indigestion. Thank you so much for your prayers.”

The Elf Louise Christmas Project is a volunteer based organization that works to deliver gifts to children who would otherwise go without.

Locker started the project in 1969 as a student at Trinity University, when she collected gifts for children in 13 families. The organization now has close to 4,500 volunteers, an annual budget of more than $300,000 and distributes some 60,000 gifts, according to its website.

My very best wishes for a full and fast recovery, Elf Louise, and a Merry Christmas to you and your family.