DARIEN, Conn. — If you're too busy this holiday season to wrap your Christmas gifts, Darien's teenage elves can do it for you. The Depot teen center is hosting its annual Wrap Up event through Sunday.
In years past, the money raised by wrapping gifts has been used to sponsor Depot activities. But this year, all proceeds will be donated to the Silver Bay YMCA in honor of the late Tighe Sullivan. Sullivan was killed in a helicopter crash in Pennsylvania in October. He was always a big supporter of the Depot and the Wrap Up, and his son, Tiger, serves on the Student Governing Board.
"He had a way of making everybody feel good," said Janice Marzano, program director of the Depot. "We would look you right in the eyes and really listen to you."
"We wanted to do something for Tiger because he's such an awesome member of the board," said Phoebe Cush, a member of the Student Governing Board. "Mr. Sullivan was so involved in the Depot. Hopefully this helps his family with some of the sadness that they're going through."
The Wrap Up event is popular among kids at the Depot. They blast Christmas music and joke around while wrapping up the piles of boxes that people drop off.
"It's a really fun way of giving back. It's such a great atmosphere here," said Colleen Heaney.
"It's a good way to get in the holiday spirit," said Dan Murphy.
"So many people are running around and dropping off their kids places," said Goose Bolton. "This is a quick, easy way to drop off your gifts and have us wrap them for you. And it's for a good cause."
The teens will wrap as many presents as you have for a minimum donation of $20. The Wrap Up will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.