It’s a wrap: Local volunteers wrap gifts for a good cause
Each holiday season, many people wrap gifts for their loved ones. This year, Blooming Prairie residents were invited to take part in the tradition, while also giving back to others.
Last Wednesday, volunteers offered to wrap presents at First Lutheran Church and, on Saturday, more volunteers offered the same service at Blooming Prairie High School. Volunteers accepted free-will donations, which will benefit the Blooming Prairie (BP) Ministerium Fund, which helps local families in need.
“It stays local and helps local people around the holidays,” said Jennifer Wayne, of the proceeds raised through the gift-wrapping initiative.
Jennifer Wayne explained that the BP Ministerium Fund is used to provide local families with gifts, clothing and toys around the holiday season and, this year, the families will also receive gift cards. Wayne had heard that the funds were low this year, so she thought that the gift-wrapping events might be a fun way to help support the cause. Although this year’s gifts have already been paid for, proceeds will go toward items for the next holiday season.
Jennifer Wayne helped come up with the idea for the events and set the dates, and her daughter, Abby, helped find volunteers to wrap the gifts. Abby is a senior at Blooming Prairie High School. About seven local students helped wrap the gifts on Wednesday, and a few more joined in the fun on Saturday.
Blooming Prairie seventh-grade student BethAnne Thacker reported to the high school bright and early on Saturday morning, ready to help wrap presents. She said that she enjoys wrapping presents, and had already finished wrapping her own holiday gifts.
At the high school on Saturday, guests were invited to choose from an array of wrapping paper, bows and gift tags, featuring different patterns and colors. Those who stopped by First Lutheran Church on Wednesday were also welcome to take part in a soup supper and Advent service while volunteers wrapped their gifts.
The BP Ministerium Fund accepts monetary donations all year long. To make a donation, contact the Rev. Heidi Heimgartner at First Lutheran Church, in Blooming Prairie.