12/18/2013 02:10 EST | Updated 02/17/2014 05:59 EST

Vancouver Island Mounties try to turn Christmas mystery into Christmas miracle

SAYWARD, B.C. - Mounties on Northern Vancouver Island are showing their elven qualities as they try to reunite a bag of goodies with a deserving child.

Sayward RCMP Const. Steven Thackeray says a road maintenance crew working near the community spotted the large bag along Highway 19 on Dec. 15.

He says the crew quickly realized the items were intended as Christmas gifts.

No one has come forward to claim the bag so Thackeray says officers in the detachment about 75 kilometres north of Campbell River are doing all they can to ensure the gifts get under the right tree by Christmas Eve.

He says Santa's uniformed helpers are making a list and checking it twice, and want to talk to anyone who may be able to solve the mystery.

With exactly one week left until the big day, Thackeray admits officers will have to work fast to identify the good girl or boy who deserves the precious parcels.