Columbus’ real-life “Elf on the Shelf” has made a delivery of toys to the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund and plans to deliver even more toys to the Salvation Army this week.

The adventures of 18-month-old Forest Schott, who entertains friends and family by wearing his red elf costume and embarking on funny pranks and situation comedy in photos, are now a national phenomenon. Forest, and his parents, Devin and Megan Schott, are featured on the NBC Today show website.

The family Friday delivered about half of a treasure trove of toys to the Cheer Fund, fulfilling a promise they made that if people contributed to Forest’s gofundme page, the money would go to the Cheer Fund and the Salvation Army.

The account is now approaching the family’s new goal of $2,000, beyond the original $500 sought at the beginning of the month, Megan Schott said.

Innovative Contracting, a Taylorsville company, is matching the first $500 that is donated, and that money is being divided as a cash donation to the Cheer Fund and Salvation Army, Megan Schott said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.