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Wrapping Happiness for Christmas; PCBPD Holiday Helpers

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Behind every cut, every fold, and every stick of tape at the Panama City Beach Police station. There is Elizabeth Wandrei.

"The past two weeks basically I've been in here wrapping Christmas presents," said Wandrei.  

And over those two weeks, she has wrapped more than her fair share of gifts.

"Easy 500, easy," she said.

With the help of other C.A.P.'s, or Citizens Assisting Police, Wandrei will wrap close to a 1000 presents for Christmas.

"There's lots of toys," said Beach Chief of Police Drew Whitman. "We are getting ready for our Cops and Kids Holiday Helpers program. We've gotten some help from our C.A.P's Linda and Liz have been really helpful."

Chief Whitman says the program is assisting more than 250 children.

"This room has been full since the motorcycle run two weeks ago," said Whitman. "And our C.A.P's have been doing an outstanding job. If it wasn't for them we couldn't do this. We've been in here every day for the last week and a half wrapping toys and doing candy for us and getting ready." 

So in December, Wandrei's job is to be Santa's helper. To get presents picked out, wrapped, and addressed for someone waiting for a gift they may not have otherwise received.

"Yea, it makes it personal," said Wandrei. "It's really fun you know you are doing something that some kid is going to open up these packages and just all excited and paper is going to fly and they are going to have a good time."

So tomorrow, Wandrei will be back at it again. Cutting, folding, and taping for something she says isn't so much a chore as is it a pleasure.

Chief Whitman says calls are still coming in for donations, but the cut off will be Friday December 8th to sign up for assistance in order to give C.A.P.'s like Elizabeth time to wrap and prepare presents.