Group makes last-minute shopping easier

December 23, 2012 9:00:00 PM PST
Thousands of shoppers spent Christmas Eve at malls trying to check everyone off on their holiday list. And one group of women were on hand to help make this last shopping day frenzy a little easier.

Glorida Welstein has been cutting paper, pulling tape and wrapping gifts for 21 years. She's with the Raleigh chapter of Hadassah, which is part of the Women's Zionist Organization of America.

They work to empower the Jewish community with various events, including gift wrapping at Crabtree Valley Mall for donations.

The group has been wrapping gifts at the mall for three decades. They say they love unwrapping the thought behind every gift.

"It's kind of fun, people are willing to tell you little stories about their family and who the gifts are for," said Welstein.

"I've been doing this for about 20 years and my mom did it before me for about that long," said Joan Learner, fellow gift wrapper.

That family tradition lives on with a mother and son duo. Jaren Hubel said he's been working alongside his mom for a few years now.

"It's fun seeing a lot of people and what they're getting for their loved ones," said Hubal.

And so as he learns gift wrapping tips from the best, he and the group look forward to coming back again next year to help wrap up the holiday shopping season.

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