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Free gift wrapping for travellers this week at Halifax airport

Volunteers are waiting at the top of the escalator — just past security — to lend Christmas cheer to weary travellers at the airport.

Volunteers are waiting at the top of the escalator — just past security — to lend Christmas cheer to weary travellers at the airport.

Passengers can’t carry wrapped presents past security, so volunteers at Halifax Stanfield International Airport took an idea from the Calgary airport to offer a gift-wrapping service in the departure lounge.

Patty McClelland was one of the first volunteers to sign up because she loves to wrap presents. She was on the first shift Sunday.

“We only wrapped a few presents, but people were glad to have it because they don’t like you to bring wrapped gifts through security,” she said.

Wrapping is free, but volunteers are accepting donations to Feed Nova Scotia.

“There was a gentleman on his way back to Germany and he left all his Canadian coins for the food bank,” she said.

“And there was a university student who was going home to Toronto who had a box of chocolates. He said it’s for his family and he would be able to arrive home and (give his present).”

The Tartan Team of volunteers was also spreading holiday joy yesterday by singing Christmas carols in the food court and handing out candy canes.

 
 
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