We are approaching the holiday season, with Thanksgiving right around the corner.
With a little inspiration, I'm putting out a CHALLENGE to each and every one of you to take some time this week and pack a shoe box, then take it to a collection center near you.
Tammy has done all work with her post, the re-blog is easy.
I'm going to pack a shoe box, and CHALLENGE YOU TO DO THE SAME! I only wish I could see the happiness and surprise of the little darlings when they get their gifts. A ball and jacks can mean the world to a small child living in poverty. We spend hundreds of dollars for a Wii for our kids . . . just sayin'
NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK: NOVEMBER 15 - 22, 2010
Operation Christmas Child is a charity that my church participates in annually. Tomorrow is "turn in" day for this year. So today I didn't work. I shopped. I went and purchased my "shoe boxes" because I think a rubbermade box is nicer and might be useful so I buy one of those.
I always do two boxes, one for a little boy and one for a little girl. You get to choose age ranges and I always choose the 5 to 7, because that's the age range of my Sunday School chidren so I feel more like I'll know what they like. Each box is cram packed with a book, a coloring book, crayons, pencils, a few toys, gum, some hard candy and new tooth brush, toothpaste, soap, a bath cloth (snoopy) and a couple of small toys. This year I even included some nerf balls.
I always remember the one Christmas when my own daughter at age 4 wouldn't have had much of a Christmas without the help of others. The Sunday before Thanksgiving a tornado hit my house. It was over a week before we had power restored and there was SO much work to do that frankly Christmas just really snuck up on me. And I took some time off from work which at the time was unpaid leave. I also quit my second job because there was so much to do. The Eatonton service league contacted me because they knew my home had been damaged and asked if they could help.
That Christmas morning Abigail didn't know the difference from any other Christmas morning she's ever experienced. So every year to think that I help a family in need to give a child a better Christmas has always been very important to me.
Next week is National Collection week. If you'd like to help, check out their website. If you don't want to do the shopping or don't have a drop off site near you you can always just make a donation. The site explains where they work, what they do and how the funds are used.
Over 8 Million children got shoeboxes last year. Sending a box change change a life.
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