This is the time of year where many individuals spend time helping others and giving back.
Their volunteer efforts come in a variety of forms and exemplify the diversity of talents prevalent in our community. One group that is often overlooked is the Canadian Cancer Society gift wrappers in Aberdeen Mall.
Every year, the mall donates the space and gives a generous donation for the purchase of wrapping supplies.
The society organizes the space, recruits and schedules the volunteers and wraps more than 1,000 gifts.
This, at first glance, would appear to be a simple and straight-forward task. The reality is that individuals, young and old, entrust these volunteers with their precious gifts (some very expensive). The volunteers spend much time and effort ensuring that each gift is beautiful wrapped and that it gets back to its owner.
This means that at any one time, there may be up to 50 presents to keep track of and these volunteers manage to remain cheerful and unflustered throughout.
As well, they are responsible for accepting all donations for the cancer society.
The volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are students some are husbands and many are people that just like to wrap gifts and make things look beautiful. These volunteers come back year after year and many new friendships have been forged over holding a finger over the ribbon in order for the other person to tie the bow.
Believe me, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the look on a young person’s face when he sees his gift wrapped and ready for him to give to that special person.
Oh, and by the way, it is true that predominantly men are shopping on Dec 24. Merry Christmas.