BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Young entrepreneur Noel Melis is making this holiday season a little brighter by showing off her gift wrapping skills to friends and neighbors.
“She loves wrapping presents,” says Tiana Melis, Noel’s mother. “She’s been wrapping gifts since she was around four years old.”
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The parents of the 11-year-olds at Christmas couldn’t have chosen a better name for their daughter.
After an interview with WJZ, Noel looked at the photographer and concluded her interview with the words: “I want to say a Merry Christmas to everyone!”
This Christmas Noel took on a task that many find tedious and sprinkled it into her own Christmas spirit.
“I was wrapping some presents for my family and when I finished I asked, ‘When can I wrap my presents?’ and they said, ‘That’s all, that’s all,’ ”Noel said.
Noel responded by offering her services to neighbors and friends.
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“I just wrote a post on Next-Door like, ‘Hey, anyone want to wrap gifts for $ 0.50? I have this little Christmas elf here who loves wrapping presents, ‘”said Tiana.
The response was overwhelming, and Noel packed at least 200 gifts. She wants to be busy until Christmas Eve before her family goes on vacation.
Instead of taking the profit, Noel used the money to buy Christmas presents for her three brothers and two sisters.
She has a plan for the rest of the funds.
“I’m going to use the rest of the money to fill shoeboxes for an organization called Operation Christmas Child,” Noel said.
The company has proven so successful and fun for Noel that she plans to make it an annual tradition.
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“I’m really proud of her,” said Tiana Melis. “She works hard and has worked really hard for it for the last week or two and I’m really proud of her.”