IN HER 15 years as a volunteer gift wrapper with The Salvation Army, there hasn't virtually nothing Daphne Rose hasn't been able to wrap in paper.

As Christmas edges closer, volunteers with The Salvation Army are in Grafton Shoppingworld all this month, hand wrapping presents of all shapes and sizes for a donation, with all proceeds to go back into the community through the Salvo's Christmas Appeal.

"We look forward to it every year," Mrs Rose said.

"We have plenty of people asking when we start, and there's a lot of regulars who come every year.

"We wrap individual parcels for people full of toys, and we've managed to be able to wrap everything so far, and we've come across some funny things in our time."

HELPING HAND: Valerie Hendrie, Daphne Rose, Yvonne Hall and June Richardson have been volunteering their time to help wrap Christmas presents for The Salvation Army.
HELPING HAND: Valerie Hendrie, Daphne Rose, Yvonne Hall and June Richardson have been volunteering their time to help wrap Christmas presents for The Salvation Army. Jarrard Potter

Mrs Rose said she enjoyed spending her time helping the Christmas Appeal by wrapping presents.

"I love seeing all the kids come in, all the adults with their gifts and they give me gift ideas for what to do for Christmas," she said.

"It's very rewarding, and all the money we raise here over the three weeks gets put back into the community through our Salvation Army Christmas Appeal."

When it comes to wrapping presents at home, Mrs Rose said there's only three things anyone needs to think about to make sure their presents are looking perfect.

"Put it in a box and hide it, so they don't know what it is, good sticky tape and good paper, that's all there is to it," she said.

The Salvation Army present wrappers will be at Grafton Shoppingworld from 10am to 2pm every day and until 6pm on Thursday night right up until Christmas Eve.

Food and new toy donations to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Appeal can be dropped off at the table, as well as the trailer opposite Woolworths.



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