For the past three years, the Kings Plaza Shopping Center has hosted a gift wrapping event that allows community groups to raise money for their favorite cause.
On Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Starrett City- Spring Creek Lions Club, Inc. will be wrapping gifts for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life campaign. Last year, the Spring Creek Towers (SCT) civic organization collected close to $700 and hopes to raise even more this holiday season.
The Lions will have a booth in the mall’s lobby. It will be well supplied with decorative wrapping papers, ribbons and other materials provided by the Kings Plaza Shopping Center. Working as a team, the Lions volunteers will approach shoppers to offer their gift wrapping services for a donation, and then direct them to the booth to have their gifts wrapped.
“A lot of people were relieved to get both their shopping and gifts wrapped all in one day,” said event coordinator and Lions Club member Janice LaCroix, who recalled the many satisfied customers at last year’s fundraiser. She said volunteers wrapped hundreds of gifts, from small jewelry boxes to large toy houses.
The gift wrapping service is not the only fundraiser conducted by the Lions Club for the ACS. The group also participates in the annual SCT walk around the community. “We do these services to give back to the community and to help find a cure for cancer,” Lions member Jean Holden said.
With each gift wrapped, the Lions hope that one day there will be a holiday without cancer.
By: Amanda Moses
Photo: Courtesy of Jean Holden