WRAPPING UP: Team Adem wrap up the year with their annual Christmas donation drive, supported by the Homemaker Centre. Brent Crosby, Rebecca Gill and Lu Crosby.
WRAPPING UP: Team Adem wrap up the year with their annual Christmas donation drive, supported by the Homemaker Centre. Brent Crosby, Rebecca Gill and Lu Crosby. Melanie Keyte

Team Adem wraps up their year with Christmas cheer

FAMILIAR faces around the area, charity Team Adem are setting up once again in the Homemaker Centre to wrap presents and spread Christmas cheer.

From December 12, a dedicated team of volunteers will join Brent and Lu Crosby in wrapping gifts for a gold coin donation, proceeds of which fund the charity's blood drives.

"It helps us do the things we do to encourage blood donation in our community,” Brent said.

"This year, we've saved close to 15,000 lives [through blood donations] and this allows us to do that.

"It also gives our volunteers an opportunity to help us, those who can't donate blood or money help support us in this way.”

The Homemaker Centre's marketing manager Rebecca Gill said having the volunteers at the centre also boosted the Christmas spirit.

"It makes it feel like Christmas, and makes everyone happy,” she said.

Team Adem have been wrapping in the centre for three years now, and say they've become proficient in wrapping everything, from bar stools to guitars and other bulky items.

"We'll wrap anything - for a price!” Lu said.

Despite the high quality of the wrapping, the pair said anyone was welcome to come and help out, regardless of their expertise.

"People think you have to know what you're doing, but you don't,” said Lu.

"Even if you're not an expert, within five minutes you'll become one.”

Brent and Lu Crosby founded the charity after their son died of luekemia in 2013.

They are now the largest blood donation community in Australia.


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