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Late Shoppers Turn To Charitable Wrappers

You've heard of similar holiday habits before.

"I just procrastinate til I gotta get it done," says a man who calls himself Santa Claus. "It's typical I wait til the last minute."

Not surprisingly, they end up at a counter at the Asheville Mall. Volunteers make their presents presentable while collecting cash for hospice.

"That's exactly right, they don't want people to know anyone's doing the wrapping for them," says volunteer Jane Houde.
   
Last weekend was among the busiest shopping weekends of the year. So by Monday, the last-minute crowd is crowded.

Even Asheville High football coach Danny Wilkins turns to this team of wrappers.

"They're the pros. Don't do what a pro oughta be doing you know," says Wilkins. "I'm an amateur at that kind of thing. You want it to look nice under the tree don't you."

Some say last-minute buying is more exciting, while others think they stumble into bargains. True procrastinators like coach Wilkins don't need a reason.

"No, that's the way i do it. The way I roll."

 



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