Wrapping Presence

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Wrapping Presence a religious organization?

We are a non-sectarian volunteer community outreach program sponsored by Doylestown Presbyterian Church. We welcome participation and support from individuals as well as community groups; all that is required is a sincere enthusiasm for sharing the joy of the holidays with the residents we serve. And whatever our resident shoppers are celebrating in December, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or simply the joy of the season, we’re celebrating with them– with bells on!

Are the donations I make to Wrapping Presence tax deductible?

Wrapping Presence has 501(c)(3) status through Doylestown Presbyterian Church and your donations are deductible to the extent allowable by the law. All donations will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

Do you have to be a member of an organized group to volunteer?

Good heavens, no — come one, come all! Our volunteers are individuals, classmates, colleagues, friends, clubs, troups, you name it. The more the merrier, and the more diverse, the better!

Moving the completed gift baskets into storage
Moving the completed gift baskets
into storage

Would I have to visit a nursing home to be a part of Wrapping Presence?

One group of volunteers does visit nursing homes; we call these our Wrapping Buddies. But there are plenty of other important tasks that help make our afternoons at the nursing homes go smoothly. Other groups of volunteers include Crafters, Cookie Bakers, Gift Buyers, and MOGs (Miscellaneous Organizational Gophers). We’ll work with you to match you with the task that best suits your interests and abilities.

Is being a Wrapping Buddy sad?

We can think of lots of words to describe being a Wrapping Buddy — sad truly isn’t one of them. Rather, we’d choose words like “magic,” “nostalgia,” “joyful chaos,” and “delight.” In fact, Wrapping Presence began as a way to try to offset the sadness that can sometimes be a part of the holidays for nursing home residents. We may have occasional tears, but usually they are tears of joy, and are accompanied by hugs and belly-laughs. Once you’ve experienced an afternoon of Wrapping Presence shopping, you’ll know just what we mean.

The Ford kids donate their birthday presents to Wrapping Presence
The Ford kids donate
their birthday presents
to Wrapping Presence

Where do the gifts come from?

All of our gifts are NEW and come from many different sources. We receive merchandise and gift-card donations from retail stores. Volunteer buyers shop for gifts with monetary donations. Individuals shop for new gift items with their own money and donate them to us.

Some of our supporters have become quite creative by hosting children’s birthday parties where the gifts are donated to us. Others have held gift drives within their companies, clubs, organizations, or at their holiday parties. We’re so grateful for them all.

If I have some “gently used” items that still might make great gifts, may I donate them?

Thank you for thinking of us, but NO, we do not accept used items. It is very important that all of the gifts made available to the residents are brand new, because just like us, our resident shoppers wish to give the very best gifts to their loved ones.

(However, if you’ve recently received a brand new gift that “just isn’t you” and it still has the tags on it, we’ll be happy to discretely accept it, with a wink and a nod. Just write the giver a nice thank-you note, and quietly send the gift our way. It’ll be our secret!)

I’d love to sign up to bake for Wrapping Presence; may I use my famous cookie recipe?

We’d love to have another baker on board, but we’ll need you to use our (simple!) recipe that has been approved by our nursing homes’ dietary departments. Since the cookies are offered as a treat to our resident shoppers, we must ensure that they are nutritionally appropriate.

I’ve read all about Wrapping Presence and I think I’d like to volunteer. How do I get started?

The first step for new volunteers is to attend an information session. The 2008 sessions are Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm, and Thursday October 9th at 11am and 7pm and Wednesday the 15th at 7pm, should the need arise). The sessions are in Room 202 of Andrews Hall, on Mechanic Street, at Doylestown Presbyterian Church. Choose the session that is most convenient for you, and eMail Marne to confirm your attendance.

At the session, you’ll learn more specifics about Wrapping Presence, see a short video presentation, and be able to ask questions. If you choose to, you’ll be able to indicate your interest in signing up for a particular volunteer task for the upcoming season.