Christmas Wrapping

VIDEO: Rocky couple have been wrapping presents for 30 years

DI and Clyde have Christmas all wrapped up.

The Rockhampton couple have given up their time for over a decade to ensure local families have a very merry Christmas by volunteering at City Centre Plaza's gift wrapping stand.

Di and Clyde have been volunteering with Anglicare for 30 years, with it all starting 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," she said.

"Clyde has backed me up while I've volunteered and we've both still going."

The pair have wrapped up all kinds of presents, from jewellery boxes to rakes, and 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."



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