Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- Autism Services has been wrapping gifts for Christmas over 33 years and Mary Michael Egan has been dedicated to helping spread holiday cheer.
“I’ve been volunteering with Autism gift wrap for 33 years now and this is my third time this week,” says Egan.
Her relationship with Autism Services began in 1977, when her family moved to Buffalo from Florida.
“We were part of that reverse migration you don’t ever hear anything about,” said Egan. “We were looking for a program for our son, who’s autistic.”
Since the move she’s embraced the wrapping booth tradition, which raises funds to support the organization’s programs.
Executive Director for Autism Services, Veronica Federiconi, says, “We have a school program and we provide educational services to children five to 21 years old. We also have adult services that folks go into when they age out, which is an arts based program.”
In order to keep the organization alive and well, they need donations from the community.
“I think this is a really generous community,” says Egan.
The gift-wrapping booth is located on the first floor of the Galleria Mall. Wrappers start promptly at 10 a.m. in front of the Apple store.
“Please remember that we’ll be here till Christmas Eve afternoon,” said Egan.