What It Means to Be a Penguin Patch Shop Volunteer

Being a volunteer at a Penguin Patch Holiday Shop is a heartwarming experience during the holiday season. It’s not just about having fun; it’s about guiding children as they choose gifts for their loved ones, teaching them the art of budgeting, and lending a hand with gift wrapping.

The real joy, though, comes from listening to the precious (and often amusing) reasoning behind the kids’ gift selections. It’s the best part of being a Penguin Patch Shop volunteer!

What to say to the children when they walk in:

♥ Grab a basket and place your money inside

♥ Point them in the right direction as to where to start

♥ If they forget their money, tell them to shop with their eyes and come back on make-up day

How to help students shop:

♥ Let them look for a few minutes then ask who they’re shopping for

When checking out:

♥ Use the online cash register using your smartphone

♥ Confirm they have gifts for the people listed on their envelope

♥ Ask the students how they chose the gifts for the family

♥ If over budget, help them find items in their price range

♥ If they receive change, make sure their envelope has their name on it

When wrapping:

♥ Have a child write the name on bag before placing item inside

♥ Assist students with taping and stapling the gifts bags shut

♥ Place wrapped gifts in take home bags