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Christmas wrapping: Volunteers wrap presents to raise donations for local nonprofits

By Staff | Dec 27, 2019

Jennifer Jones, of Shepherdstown, wraps a jigsaw puzzle in Evolve on Dec. 19. Tabitha Johnston

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Over the last week-and-a-half, community volunteers have been wrapping Christmas presents to raise donations for local nonprofits in Evolve.

Volunteers wrapped gifts for donations to Shepherdstown Day Care Center on Saturday, for donations to the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle on Sunday and for donations to Jefferson County Community Ministries on Dec. 19 and Tuesday. According to Evolve co-owner Jan Hafer, the idea for the fundraiser was developed by her and her fellow co-owner, Elise Baach.

“It was Elise Baach’s and my idea,” Hafer said. “We wanted to do something for the holidays for charity, and we thought that if we offered it for nonprofits to wrap gifts for donations, that would help, not only the nonprofits, but it would also help people in Shepherdstown who run out of time to wrap. It would also help other businesses who don’t offering gift wrapping.

“We just thought it would be a good idea for everybody,” Hafer said, mentioning she and Baach were excited to know that so many nonprofits would be benefitting from the fundraiser. “We want to use our space for the community. Whenever we can and we’re not booked with something, we often give the space over to a good cause.”

One of the volunteers wrapping gifts to raise money and hygiene product donations for JCCM was Jennifer Jones, of Shepherdstown. According to Jones, the volunteers for the JCCM fundraiser were members of Jefferson County Vision and Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition.

Hygiene products were donated to Jefferson County Community Ministries, in exchange for the free gift wrapping services in Evolve on Dec. 19 and 24. Tabitha Johnston

“We are volunteering our time, our wrapping paper and our supplies to help Jefferson County Community Ministries,” Jones said, mentioning she was a representative of both environmental groups. “We have a common mission — to keep our air and water clean and to keep our children safe from toxic chemicals. Our ultimate mission is to prevent heavy industry from entering the county, so we like to work together like this, to promote the common good.”

According to Jones, that common good comes in many forms, including helping other nonprofits serve those in need.

“We love our community, we care about our county and we are looking for all sorts of ways to improve the quality of life in our community,” Jones said, mentioning JCCM keeps busy helping those in need during the winter months. “Jefferson County Community Ministries does cold weather shelters for the homeless — I’m also volunteering my time at one of their cold weather shelters at Asbury United Methodist Church. They also do a food pantry and a clothing closet — I think those are the three main things they do.”