Charlotte has Christmas wrapped up
WHILE most teenagers spend their holidays at the beach or hanging at the movies, Charlotte Auld volunteers with Lifeline.
The bright 14-year-old has been a volunteer gift-wrapper since the program began at Riverlink three years ago.
In total she's been part of the crew to wrap and tape more than 12,000 gifts.
Each Christmas about 4000 presents are wrapped, requiring more than four kilometres of wrapping paper and almost 10 kilometres of sticky tape.
Charlotte said she became a volunteer because she loved giving gifts herself.
“The best bit is being able to wrap presents all day knowing they're going to be given to someone to make them happy,” she said.
“Men are giving their wives lots of wine glasses this year, which is a bit different from the usual jewellery. Two guys in their twenties gave their mum a big pack of toilet paper and toilet brush. That was a bit strange.
“Women are buying their husbands jocks. And socks. They also pop in things like deodorant.”
Hot on kids' Santa lists this year are Barbies for the girls and Ben-10 for the boys.
“Lots of people also buy a new nerf gun every Christmas, which is like a pellet gun but shoots out soft arrows,” she said.
Rebecca and Brendon Weber from Yamanto make the most of the Lifeline wrapping service each year, saying the gold coin donation was very reasonable.
Lifeline business development manager Colin Hannigan said wrappers had seen an array of different gifts during the past three years.