Each year, the Richmond Christmas Fund runs a gift wrap booth at Lansdowne Centre, staffed entirely by volunteers. Customers can bring packages of any shape and size, no matter how lopsided or irregular, and our talented volunteers will eye them up and wrap them to perfection.
In return for having the best-looking presents under the tree, customers are asked to make a donation to the Christmas Fund. Over the course of the holiday season, these donations add up, generating thousands of dollars every year to support families in need.
Our 2019 gift wrap booth opens December 1, and will remain open every day, from 12:30pm to 6:00pm, until December 24. That’s a lot of volunteer shifts to fill!
We’re currently recruiting gift wrap volunteers, and of course, we’d love for you to get involved. But we wanted to go a little further, and explain why we need your help.
The following chart shows the number of customers per day at last year’s gift wrap booth.
The first week in December was relatively quiet. Indeed, there were no customers at all on December 3! But things picked up in weeks two and three, and the final four days had over 50 customers each, including 80 on December 24!
What does this mean for volunteer recruitment? Well, at the beginning of December, we’re confident our gift wrap booth can be staffed by two or three well-trained volunteers per shift.
During the second half of the month, however, and particularly in the days leading up to Christmas Eve, it’s all hands on deck.
Can you imagine three volunteers not only wrapping 80 gifts in the span of six hours, but also collecting donations, interacting with customers, and tagging the gifts to keep them organized? It’s not a three-person job. Even with six volunteers, it can get a little hectic! That’s why we need all the help we can get.
If you’ve been thinking about volunteering with the Christmas Fund, we hope you’ll consider becoming a gift wrapper. It’s a position that not only has a huge impact on the program, but is pretty exciting too, especially the closer you get to Christmas. There’s nothing like working with a team to accomplish a monumental task – just ask the elves in Santa’s workshop!
You can apply online until October 25.