GLAD GIFTERS: Volunteer Beatrice Hawkins (centre) has been helping Blue Care personal carer Connie Carpenter and disability support worker Stewart Kibble wrap gifts for Rose City shoppers.
GLAD GIFTERS: Volunteer Beatrice Hawkins (centre) has been helping Blue Care personal carer Connie Carpenter and disability support worker Stewart Kibble wrap gifts for Rose City shoppers. Sophie Lester

Blue Care wrap up year with special Christmas gift

FOR some, the biggest stress of Christmas gift giving can be the wrapping itself, but Blue Care volunteers have set up shop with a wrapping service to help create the perfect present.

Blue Care personal caregiver Connie Carpenter has been involved with the wrapping station at Rose City Shoppingworld for four years.

"I don't know how long exactly it has been going for but it's been a long time," Miss Carpenter said.

"Everyone's used to us being here in the community now so they look for us every year.

"I first became involved when one of the ladies who had been doing it for a long time got older so I took over from her."

Miss Carpenter said the team were up to the challenge of wrapping any gift of all shapes and sizes. "It's a gold coin donation or basically anything people want to give us, though for bigger items we do ask for a little bit more because they take a bit longer to wrap," she said.

"A swimming pool is certainly the biggest and a lawn flamingo is probably one of the stranger items we've wrapped because to make it not look like a flamingo is quite difficult."

Miss Carpenter, along with volunteers like Beatrice Hawkins, will be on hand today to help all the last-minute shoppers tie up their gift hunting.

"I love being involved, it's really a heap of fun," Mrs Hawkins said.

"I'm in town on my own and it's just wonderful to be here wrapping presents for children, for grandparents, for whoever.

"We really appreciate it because it's Blue Care's major fundraiser and it's a terrific thing to support."



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