Friday, October 25, 2013

Operation Christmas Children III

So we're doin' this thing!
We've gathered some boxes and collected some gift items.
Involve the kids.
Make this a yearly tradition.
You're teaching generosity, grace,
and what it means to love your neighbor.
Wrap the boxes up pretty.
Have the kids design their own wrapping paper with handprints,
potato stamps, drawings, or the like.
Use fabric, ribbon, bling, have fun!
Only be sure to leave it open.

As you can see, you needn't wrap your shoebox.
It's what's on the inside that counts.


Over seas and across continents,
one child WILL receive your shoebox!


Seven dollars covers the shipping cost.
Simply include the amount in an envelope inside your shoebox.
Donate, if you're able, to cover the costs for boxes given without this provision.


Pray for the child who awaits your special gift.
The Lord is preparing their heart!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Operation Christmas Children II

What are some of your favorite gifts for shoeboxes?
I'm creative so my favorites are papers, color pencils, and a sharpener.
All ages of boys and girls like these.

There are so many great ideas for kids.
Just look at this precious little girl with her new pink hat and mittens.
That's gratefulness in those sparkly eyes!
Do you change your toothbrush every few months?
Tooth paste and a tooth brush make a welcome gift.
So does soap and a nice washcloth.
A brush, comb, barrettes, headband, leg warmers, slippers, flip flops,
hat, purse, bandana, sunglasses will also bless.
Of course, there are always toys!
And candy!
Hard candy is best, as it handles time and temperatures.
Think yoyos, Matchbox cars, LEGOs, marbles, dolls, balls, plushies,
puppets, colored chalk, bells, play dough, you're catching on!
Just promise to toss in a toothbrush alongside those

Don't forget to pray for the child who will be receiving your shoebox.
And be blessed!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Operation Christmas Children

It's That Time of Year!
These shoeboxes are so fun to put together.
I choose every year to do at least one each for the older kids,
they always receive the least.
It's not complicated.  There are few rules.
You can visit the Samaritan's Purse website (or just click on the link I provided)
to help with any questions.
Pretty much no liquids, perishables, or war-related toys.
Too many children around the world are exposed to fighting and violence.

As you can see, shoeboxes come in many different sizes!
Sometimes people use plastic bins.
You may or may not wrap it,
just be sure to leave it open.
But pray for the child that will be receiving it!
This is very often an uncommonly great blessing.

Use the same link above to print these labels for your box.

Be sure to bring your filled shoeboxes to a drop-off location near you
no later than November 11 - 17!
Again, you can find this information on the link above,
or on the Samaritan's Purse website.

Thank you!

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