Christmas Eve Wrapping for Valley Santa

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Ferocious wrappers put their finishing touches on the last few gifts to be sent out to children in need in Luzerne County.

"Christmas is about helping people, about giving, about receiving. To me, it's more receiving," said Carm Piedmont, Valley Santa volunteer.

A group of volunteers woke up early on Christmas Eve to wrap presents for Valley Santa, a nonprofit organization that works to make sure every child in Luzerne County receives a gift from Santa on Christmas.

Volunteers met at Boscov's in Wilkes-Barre to help get out the last gifts.

"All through the Christmas season, starting in the beginning of November, we buy presents, wrap them and get them delivered by delivery service and then the last couple days, anything left over we deliver ourselves on Christmas Eve," said Sarah Borland, Valley Santa board member.

The program draws in more than 300 volunteers each year. Volunteers say they enjoy the wrapping and working together.

"It's kind of like a reunion every November as everyone gets together and sees each other again. So, it is sad in that way but the end result, having the ultimate event be Christmas is kind of wonderful knowing people all over the Valley are opening presents because their community members felt like they wanted to help out," said Borland.

Many of the volunteers have been helping out with Valley Santa for decades. Others are just getting their start.

This is 6-year-old Landon Cave's second year wrapping gifts.

"I just wanted to help," said Cave.

This year marked Valley Santa's 35th year in Luzerne County.

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