Holiday Volunteering at the YWCA

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By Mandi Webster-Martin

On December 22nd, over half the SiteCrafting crew headed down to the Pierce County YWCA to help out in their Christmas gift center. Every December, the YWCA's gym is transformed into a "store" where residents can pick out gifts for their parents/children/siblings.

13 of us volunteered to wrap and label presents during two different shifts. While the first few presents seemed to take an eternity to wrap, we soon got into the swing of things and were cranking them out like nobody's business. Good thing too, as there were lots of presents to go around. Donations come from several sources: individual donations, Girl Scout troops, churches, even Hell's Angels contribute everything from toys and clothes for the kids to housewares and perfume for mom.

YWCA Gift Center

Some of the presents were wrapped with such precision and flair, it was almost a shame that they would be opened and the wrapping paper discarded.

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Others... not so much.

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To see more of our holiday antics, visit our Flickr page.

SiteCrafting recently completed development on a website for the Pierce County YWCA's "It's Time" campaign, which is funding the purchase and conversion of the Wilsonian, a former apartment complex. By acquiring The Wilsonian, the YWCA will increase the number of emergency and transitional housing units available to residents by 50%. For more information, please visit


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