KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Thousands will get their gifts wrapped at Town and Country Shopping Center this year.
However, there’s a story behind the people making your presents look pretty and it doesn’t involves Santa’s elves.
Every holiday season, Casey Marchal and her family sit and wrap presents at the Town & Country.
“Hundreds, thousands. it gets really busy the last few days and its just a madhouse,” said Marchal.
It’s a 16 year tradition for the Marchal family, sometimes the family spends more time in the shopping center than at their own home.
“It’s just wrapping and sticking things to the side, you just keep going, you don’t stop,” said Marchal.
Over the years, the family has acquired some regular customers.
“We’ve wrapped for them for so many years, we have watched their kids grow up through their gifts,” said Marchal.
The idea unfolded when Casey lost her grandparents in 1997.
“I lost my three remaining grandparents in a 9 month period all to cancer,” said Marchal.
Now, Casey and her family honor her grandparents every year by wrapping gifts in exchange for donations All the money they raise goes to the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life. Over the years they have raised more than $100,000.
“It’s our way of making sure we’re doing something in their memory and staying together as a family,” said Marchal.
Last year was their biggest year yet, raising $3,600. They hope to beat that this year.
The family will be wrapping during normal mall hours through Christmas Eve. They’re located in the old Radio Shack location in between What’s Poppin’ and Buffalo Wild Wings.