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Lufkin church offering free gift wrap service

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Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, volunteers from Crossroads Baptist church set up shop at the Lufkin Wal-mart.

 "It's completely free, if you like to donate you can but it's not required we will still wrap your gift," said Alicia Hodge, Secretary, Crossroads Baptist Church.

Like elves in Santa's workshop volunteers are spending the weekend before Christmas wrapping items like DVD players, art kits and toy trucks.

Their mission, wrapping for Jesus, it's been a tradition at the church for the past 14 years and though the service is free any donations they receive go towards supporting international missions.

 "It's a good way to raise funds for the missions and provide a service to the community," said Hodge.

Volunteer Alicia Hodge says she's been part of the ministry for eight years  and for three days they work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to make sure everyone is ready for Christmas.

 "We get a rush where we're busy for an hour or two at a time and then we might have a 30 to 45 minute break and we'll get busy again," said Hodge.

Last minute shopper Stacy Pillows was just happened to drive by the workshop and decided to take advantage of the free wrapping service.

 "I think it's wonderful that way I can take it home and he has no idea what it is and I can get it in the house and its already wrapped," said Pillows.

But whether it's one gift or ten, volunteers aim to please.

 "Some people don't have time to wrap gifts, some people don't know how to wrap gifts," said Hodge.

And do their part and easing last minute stress during the holiday.

Volunteers say the church buys all the wrapping supplies on clearance after the Christmas season each year so any donations they receive go directly to international missions.

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