Alicia has the gift of the wrap

WRAPPING presents can be a tricky task but one volunteer says the rewarding feeling has got her coming back for more.

Thurgoona resident Alicia Brookes is returning to Centro Lavington on Friday for her second year in the MS Christmas Gift Wrap, and the call is out for others to join her.

The service allows customers to have their Christmas gifts wrapped in exchange for a donation to the charity, with all funds raised going towards research on multiple sclerosis.

Ms Brookes said volunteering her time was a nice feeling and working with a great team made the job all the more easier.

“I figure that I’m already wrapping presents, why not wrap someone else’s while I’m at it,” she said.

“Seeing the smiles on other people’s faces, and the thanking makes it all worth it.”

“You become part of that person’s life really.”

The donations run on an honesty system with the customer deciding how much they give, and Ms Brookes said people had been extremely generous.

“The generous people you can’t thank enough,” she said.

“We had a customer last year who asked if he could drop in $50, and he had nothing to wrap.”

MS volunteer co- ordinator Cherly McGarvin said for the 4000 volunteers they work with, gift wrapping can be the most enjoyable act they do all year.

“It’s fun, it’s enjoyable and it becomes a family act. It’s very attractive in that way,” she said.

For more information call (02) 6234 7027 or register at

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