Volunteer Robin McNaughton is shown at Abbotsford Community Services’ 2017 gift-wrapping booth at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. The service is offered again this year, and volunteers are needed.

Volunteer Robin McNaughton is shown at Abbotsford Community Services’ 2017 gift-wrapping booth at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. The service is offered again this year, and volunteers are needed.

Abbotsford Community Services seeks volunteers for gift-wrapping service

Service at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre benefits Community Connections program

Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) is seeking volunteers for its annual gift-wrapping service at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.

Last year, the booth wrapped approximately 2,000 gifts for 700 customers, raising much-needed funds for ACS’s Community Connections program.

The program serves new immigrants and refugees in the community through English conversation circles, citizenship preparation classes, a knitting group, volunteer matching, and drop-in soccer.

Community Connections also organizes special events such as an annual Ladies’ Night celebration for International Women’s Day.

“We couldn’t do this without volunteers,” said Luciana Silva, program co-ordinator.

“It’s a great volunteering opportunity that’s flexible and you get to be a part of helping busy shoppers and your community at the same time.”

Families, organizations or businesses who want to give back this holiday season can sign up for a group volunteer shift.

“It was fun to volunteer with my co-workers, and, even though I’m not great at wrapping, I was able to take care of the payment side,” said Danielle Windecker, past volunteer and ACS employee

This year, ACS is offering a new corporate wrapping service at the booth, where local businesses can arrange to drop off presents for their staff or clients and collect them later, wrapped and ready.

Volunteers can sign up for gift-wrapping shifts from Dec. 1 to 24 by contacting program co-ordinator Luciana Silva at 778-549-5146 or connections@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com.

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