From now through Christmas, shoppers can take the presents they've so carefully selected to Main Street Eatery, located at the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, and have them wrapped by local charity organizations.
Various groups will wrap the presents for a $3 donation and Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores are not only donating all the wrapping materials needed, but they've also made it possible for the charities to keep all the proceeds they make.
"We wanted to be able to offer the service to our shoppers," said Lisa Neumeyer, manager. "The holidays are so hectic for most of us, so being able to help charities and get your gifts wrapped is a win-win situation for everyone involved."
Today and Dec. 21-23, the House of Refuge will wrap presents and Lisa Barnes, crises intervention specialist, invites everyone to come out and take advantage of their gift wrapping know-how.
"I think this is a wonderful idea because it gets us out in the public and we can tell them about our project," Barnes said. "We had quite a few people Friday, which was the first day for this. I think a lot more people will start coming in when they find out about it.
"We appreciate this so much and it's fun. I enjoy talking to the public and we get to see the kids have their picture made with Santa who is just across the way from us."
The Sikeston Bootheel Humane Society will lend its paws to the cause on Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and again Dec. 7-9.
"We're very excited that the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores have given us this opportunity," remarked Charlette Vanover, fundraising chairman. "Not only will it help us to raise money for our animals' needs, we hope it will be a reminder to people that there are so many wonderful animals at our shelter who would love nothing more than to have a home for Christmas and for a lifetime.
"This is the first year for the project and we are looking forward to wrapping a lot of gifts. We would like to do our part to help out during the holiday season, this is just one of the many ways you can put your money to good use in your own community. After a long day of shopping, let us wrap your gifts while you sit back and relax."
The Bootheel Food Bank will take its turn Nov. 14-16. "It's a wonderful project," said Dorene Johnson, executive director. "We will have someone there wrapping presents and we're looking forward to it. We're really appreciative of the opportunity, it's another avenue to help the needy and hopefully it will be an example for others to follow."
The gift wrapping times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
"We basically just started calling charities to see if there was an interest in this type of venture and the response was great," Neumeyer said. "Right now our weekends are spoken for. However, if other charities are interested, we would welcome them to contact our office for next year."
For more information contact the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores at 472-2222.