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Group provides free gift wrapping to help people during holiday seasonSubmitted: 12/18/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson


RHINELANDER - Holiday shoppers can now feel the time crunch...there are only 7 days until Christmas.

But you can save yourself some time and help the community by letting some people in town wrap your gifts for you.

Members of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program in Rhinelander will wrap your gifts for free.

They look forward to the opportunity to give back to the community.

The group decided to do the free gift wrapping project because it knew it would help people during a stressful time.

"It's around the holidays and a lot of people don't have time to do it because everybody now has families, and little kids and it's really hard to actually make time to do that," said WIA Youth Program member Elisa Kurth.

Even though the wrapping is free, the group hopes you'll make a donation.

Donations will go to the Oneida County Humane Society and the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.

"I just think it's a great way for youth to get into the community, get to know the community, and feel like they're doing something for the community," Kurth added.

You can get your gifts wrapped on Friday, December 20th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Advantage Job Center on North Brown Street in Rhinelander.

The limit is 5 gifts per person.

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