It’s a wrap! Lowestoft churches help wrap shoppers’ gifts for Christmas

The Christians Together group wrapping presents in Lowestoft town centre. Picture: MICK HOWES

The Christians Together group wrapping presents in Lowestoft town centre. Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

It is the festive chore which many people hate doing.

But volunteers from Lowestoft churches have been on hand in the town centre, with sellotape and scissors at the ready, to help shoppers wrap their gifts for Christmas.

The team of six were given an array of challenging items to wrap at the event by Starbucks on Saturday (December 10), including a 1.6metre mirror and a pyramid-shaped object.

The free service is designed to help people out with something many find challenging – but was also the churches' way of giving back to the community at this time of year.

Jenni Barwise, corps officers at the Salvation Army's Lowestoft South Corps and chairman of Lowestoft Christians Together – which organised the event – said: 'We took on many challenging shapes and sizes.


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'People were very appreciative. It was a great opportunity for us to talk to people and be part of the Christmas celebrations.

'We had a good Christmas atmosphere around the town centre and it was nice to serve the community in that way.

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'It is a way of giving back to the community and to share a positive view of the church. It's also a way of helping some people who find it difficult to wrap presents.'

Some shoppers were particularly grateful, she added, as getting their gifts wrapped quickly enabled them to conceal them from those they were shopping with.

The Salvation Army band also performed in the town centre during the day.

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