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Last-minute gift wrapping provides emergency packs for the homeless

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – With less than a week until Christmas day, there is an option to help you with last-minute gift wrapping.

It’s an option that allows you to help Huntsville’s homeless population too.

It’s called “Pack and Wrap”, a project by a new local ministry called Sonshine Ministries.

Ashley Burgamy is one of two people who set up the new ministry.

She said they are holding a gift-wrapping day on Saturday, December 20th from 10am – 8pm at Five Points Church of the Nazarene. It’s located at 800 Clinton Avenue in Huntsville.

The ministry is in the process of collecting items for winter emergency packs for the homeless. The average cost of each winter emergency backpack is around $60. “Those in need receive all the supplies from the ministry’s list, whether they are donated or out of our pocket. Once we have all the items that go in one backpack, we pack it up and pray over it. As soon as that is done, members of the ministry head out to the streets of Huntsville to find someone in need,” Burgamy said.

Their goal is to be able to hand out more than one backpack at a time.

Members are also trying to keep a few kits with them at all times so wherever they are they’re able to give to someone in need.

Burgamy said, “We have just started this ministry but we have passion and a vision as to where we want to take it.”

Their ideas include hot chocolate/coffee with the homeless, summer packs and get well/hope packs for children at St. Jude and their parents. They hope to change lives — one pack at a time.

The following is a list of the items that go into every winter emergency pack:
• Backpack
• Water bottle
• Gloves
• Hat
• Scarf
• Thermal top/bottom
• Coat/jacket/sweater
• Blanket
• Socks
• Hand warmer
• Hand sanitizer
• Tissues
• Chapstick
• Washcloth
• Soap
• Shampoo/conditioner
• Lotion
• Toothbrush
• Toothpaste
• Comb
• Wipes
• Q-Tips
• First Aid Kit
• Deodorant
• Granola bars or other healthy packaged snacks
• Vienna sausages or other packaged protein
• $10-15 gift card to Burger King
• A Bible