Along with the holidays comes shopping, and along with that task, comes another that many find tedious — gift wrapping.

For those who wish to avoid wrapping gifts, several local shopping entities are offering gift wrapping by donation that benefits the community.

At the Killeen Mall, a gift wrapping station is set up outside J.C. Penney, across from The Beanery. It’s open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 24.

Donations will go to local nonprofit Showstoppaz. The organization, part of the Amateur Athletic Union, is a mentoring program for young men that includes basketball coaching.

Their motto: The more we are on the court, the less chances of being in court.

“Though not all kids will have the opportunity to play college basketball, all kids can have an opportunity to get a college education,” said the

group’s Facebook page. “You have to be a well-rounded person in the community ... to achieve your goals.”

Barnes and Noble at Market Heights in Harker Heights is holding a similar gift wrapping-for-donations table. The charities benefiting from the donations vary each day. Several who participated include Second Chance Pet Shelter, Holy Trinity Church and high school groups, including Shoemaker National Honor Society and Harker Heights High School Orchestra.

“The community is really supportive,” said Theresa Zoizack, community relations manager. “It’s a great opportunity for the nonprofits to fundraise.”

The gift wrapping will continue through Christmas Eve.

For the Fort Hood shopping community, gift-wrapping tables are set up at the entrances at both the Clear Creek Main Exchange and Warrior Way shopping centers. The groups wrapping and collecting donations are unit family readiness groups, who will use the funds to support morale-boosting events for military families.


The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library is offering a free gift-wrapping class, open to the community from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. A library staff member will teach the class, along with a patron.

“It’s for people to learn basic gift-wrapping skills,” said Lisa Reyes, reference librarian. “They can work together and share ideas for decorating.”

Participants can call or register in person, or simply show up on the day of the class.

“You can bring all of the gifts you want to wrap,” Reyes said.

The library will provide all the necessary supplies.

Call 254-953-5491 for more information.

Contact Madison Lozano​ at or 254-501-7552.

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