With the season of holiday shopping nearly upon us, remembering to give back is just as important as giving gifts to your loved ones. Luckily, The Mustard Seed has got you covered — with a bow on top!

From December 1st to 24th, shoppers at the Hillside, Tillicum, and Mayfair shopping centres can get their holiday shopping wrapped by volunteers with a donation to The Mustard Seed.

This event has been held in Victoria for over 22 years, and will offer a variety of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows.

All of the proceeds will go directly to The Mustard Seed’s food bank, which serves over 5,000 members of the community each month. Last year, volunteers raised over $56,000 during the month of December.

More than 100 volunteers donate their time to this event each year.

“It’s a great way to connect and build team spirit with your colleagues or friends as many of our gift wrappers volunteer in groups,” said Tiffany Budhyanto, an organizer of this event for The Mustard Seed.

The wrapping stations will be open during the holiday hours of each shopping centre.

Hours

  • Mayfair
    Sunday: 9:30 am to 7 pm
    Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 9 pm
    Dec. 23: 9:30 am to 9 pm
    Dec. 24: 9:30 am to 5 pm
  • Hillside
    Sunday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
    Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 9 pm
    Dec. 24: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Tillicum
    Sunday: 9:30 am to 5 pm
    Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 9 pm
    Dec. 24: 9:30 am to 5 pm

It’s not too late to lend your own wrapping skills to the cause, although there are only a few available time slots left. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Budhyanto at [email protected].

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