All units and nonprofit organizations related to Fort Bragg are invited to the drawing for gift-wrap fundraising slots 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Oct. 24 at the Fort Bragg Mini Mall Food Court.
All interested parties are encouraged to send one representative to the drawing with at least five time slots with dates they have in mind.
Alex Dewberry, general manager assistant and Fort Bragg Exchange public affairs officer, said there are about 205 openings between the days of Nov. 23 to Dec. 24.
According to this year’s gift-wrapping event policies and procedures, the times available for units and organizations to set up their table are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Representatives from each participating unit or organization will be entered into a random drawing and will able to select a session at North Post PX and South Post PX.
A second opportunity will be available after all interested organizations have chosen their first session per location. This process will continue until all the slots are filled.
“We do this every year; it’s a big deal on Fort Bragg,” Dewberry said.
This is the only opportunity for Soldiers or nonprofit organizations to raise money for their units, she added.
Other than this event, Soldiers and organizations are not allowed to set up a booth to fundraise at the Exchanges on post at any time.
“The papers, the tables, all that is provided by us,” she said. “The only thing that (units or organizations) bring are donation box because the event is run by donations only, they bring their bows, their scissors and their tape.”
Those who have a slot are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early before their shift begins, which would improve transition and efficiency. The Exchange also will also supply trash bags, sign holders, organization signs a table and two chairs. Supplies are limited.
Over the years, the Exchange has become more strict with cancellation policies since this is a highly anticipated event, Dewberry said.
“Once you sign up for it — if you can’t make it, it’s fine,” she said. “But give us the courtesy and let us know because we always have a back up list. If a unit can’t (get the slot they initially wanted), we usually give them 24 hours to say ‘Hey, you guys are on our waiting list. We are sorry you couldn’t get a slot at the drawing because we run out of these dates quickly. Would you be able to get a team together in 24 hours so the table is manned and the people have an opportunity they had missed at the drawing?’”
Representatives coming to the sign up for slots on Oct. 24 are requested to stay for the duration of the drawing or until they have gotten both their times.
For more information, call (910) 436-2229.