Red Cross gift wrappers Jackie Tomlinson, Carol Reddacliff and Annette Perrin take on the work of Christmas elves at Tweed City Shopping Centre.
Red Cross gift wrappers Jackie Tomlinson, Carol Reddacliff and Annette Perrin take on the work of Christmas elves at Tweed City Shopping Centre. Felicia Kosegi

Got Christmas all wrapped up

ALL the good little boys and girls of the Tweed may have three more sleeps before opening their presents, but a bunch of gift wrappers from the Red Cross already know what is under the Christmas tree.

Volunteers have been busy all month doing the work of Christmas elves at Tweed City Shopping Centre, wrapping countless gifts with kilometres of wrapping paper and sticky tape for gold coin donations.

According to Red Cross Tweed Heads president Carol Reddacliff, hot presents this year will be the Nintendo Wii, DVD movies and Barbie dolls.

“Electronic gifts especially are the most frequent we see here. But things like water pistols and toys for toddlers have also been popular,” Ms Reddacliff said yesterday.

Donations made have helped to raise $4000 for the Red Cross already.

“Some shoppers are only able to give a little but some give more than required, it balances out nicely,” Ms Reddacliff said.

No gift is too big or too small for the wrappers.

“We’ve had gifts of all shapes and sizes from computer chairs to things as small as bracelets,” Ms Reddacliff said.

“A lot of parents like to get their gifts wrapped as soon as they buy it so there is no way the kids at home can sneak a peek as they bring them in.

“Myself and the other volunteers have a lot of fun doing it and we get better at wrapping as time goes on.”

Wrapping paper and tape has been provided by Tweed City Shopping Centre.

“They’ve been so nice to us and have given us a great location,” Ms Reddacliff said.

The Red Cross has also been running a raffle for Christmas goods worth $200 that they will draw today.

Ms Reddacliff said it takes up to eight different volunteers a day to man the stall.

“Every week we’ve had to put more and more people on because the number of shoppers grew. The past few days have been the busiest yet,” she said.

Red Cross Northern New South Wales regional manager Vahideh Hosseini said the Christmas service helps fund other programs run throughout the year.

“Last year through the gift wrapping we raised $8000 to go towards our Tweed programs,” Ms Hosseini said.

“Our volunteers are fantastic by helping us out this way. We couldn’t do without them and their amazing contribution to the community.



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