Volunteer gift wrappers ensuring a merry Christmas all round
DI AND Clyde Wode have given up their time for more than 10 years to ensure local families have a merry Christmas.
The couple have been involved with the gift wrapping stand at City Centre Plaza for more than 10 years with all of the donations going towards Christmas hampers for families in need.
Di and Clyde have been volunteering with Anglicare who run the wrapping stand for over 30 years and started because of Di's soft spot for helping people.
Di said she personally knew how people struggled around Christmas time and found it rewarding to give back to the community.
"Anglicare was a welfare agency when it first started out and the reason behind me wanting to get involved was the struggles my mum faced when we were children so I've always had a soft spot for helping people in need.
"Clyde has backed me up while I've volunteered and we've both still going 30 years later."
The couple who help run the gift stand have wrapped up all kinds of presents from jewellery boxes to rakes said there were around 30 volunteers who helped them out each year.
"We have quite a few volunteers, around 30 who are all lovely and without them this wouldn't happen," Di said.
"All the money raised goes towards 190 Christmas hampers for families and we usually have $3000 to $4000 worth of donations to make that happen."
The couple usually take care of the 9am to 1pm shifts and volunteer from November 25 until Christmas Eve.
Di said gift wrapping started from $2 and could reach $7 per item, it just depended on the size.
"We do get a lot of people who leave us with a trolley full, tell us they are going to have a cuppa and come back after that and we're left with the whole trolley load," Di laughed.
Di and Clyde said they were very appreciative to the centre for letting them use the space to set up.
"The centre donated the spot and the furniture and the wrapping paper," Clyde said.
"We are very appreciative to City Centre Plaza."