Paying it forward... with what will fit in a shoe box.

Reblogger Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
Industry Observer with RETIRED / State License is Inactive Inactive License Oregon

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'



Original content by Tammy Lankford, GREC# 169695

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.

Tammy Lankford/Broker (Lane Realty) Lake Sinclair : Real Estate Brokerage in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia706-485-9668

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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I have two "adopted" children this year for Christmas through the USO.  I think the more we can share our blessings with others left fortunate the better.

Nov 14, 2010 11:27 AM #1
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

I can do this!  Thanks for the reblog Carla.  Thinking about the kids puts a lump in my throat.  Oh how I would love to be Bill Gates!!! ----but every little bit counts!

Nov 14, 2010 11:38 AM #2
Sherilyn M. Whistler
ERA Herman Group Real Estate-NoCo - Loveland, CO
Need a Referral, Call Me !

This is an awesome program and my church does it as well and ships them overseas!! Usually they request school types supplies.. So easy to do yet so meaningful to the recipient.

Nov 14, 2010 12:13 PM #3
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Hi Carla...I reposted her blog too.  It is such an easy way to make a difference.  I'm doing mine for 10-14 boys and that is challenging so if anyone has ideas...let me know.  All my kids are girls!

Cindy in Indy

Nov 14, 2010 01:44 PM #4
Richard Ruggaber
Metro Life Homes - Los Angeles, CA
California Real Estate - (818) 422-5035

Thank you for the reminder.  I don't usually look that far in advance meaning X-mas but it is creeping up on us and some of those things need to be done sooner than later.

Nov 14, 2010 01:46 PM #5
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Carla-Tammy-thank you for sharing this. I remember a holiday growing up when both my parents were ill; love came in the form of a box of holiday food. I was 9, not old enough to feel embarrassed, it was exciting! To this day I still can see that Swan Cake Mix box, and remember how special I felt when Sister Susan, oneo f my dad's caregivers,  took the time and helped me bake a cake. I looked and there is a drop off location less than 10 miles away from me, you can bet I'll be there, and will re-blog this as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nov 14, 2010 07:09 PM #6
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

That is a good reminder Carla.  I am anxious to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day at the Salvation Army.  We are so fortunate and it feels good to give back.

Nov 15, 2010 01:03 AM #7
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