Thanks to everyone who helped out with Operation Christmas Child...
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Operation Christmas Child packing party this weekend- it was a HUGE success.
We packed 50 shoe boxes full of gifts for kids. And these weren't just shoe boxes filled with a couple things, they we're really, really well-packed shoe boxes full of quality gifts that these kids are going to love and use on a daily basis.
As much as I love sticking toys in these shoe boxes, I think I get most excited about the boring essentials. Knowing that some shoe boxes carry the ONLY toothbrush a child has ever had, or the first piece of candy they've ever tasted, or the pencils that enable them to attend school, or socks that will keep their feet warm in below freezing temperatures that is what gets me most excited about packing OCC shoe boxes.
We felt a little squished in our home. Turns out that 18 people, 50 shoe boxes and enough supplies for all of them, might be our little casa's max. Good thing everyone was willing to spread out. We used every room in the house!
A big shout-out to all of you who wrapped above and beyond your fair share of shoe boxes (especially those without a removable lid). It was quite the process- but we we're able to end the day knowing we included a handwritten note with each box and made each one special.
(nice photo bomb dad)
And this picture, below, is how excited, thrilled, happy, thankful I am that you all supported and helped to pack these shoe boxes. Now there are 50 more kiddos that get a Christmas gift this year, get to hear about Jesus and receive the essentials they really need that we take for granted. THANK YOU!
If you'd still like to help, there is time! Final collection day is tomorrow (for all you late-night shoppers), but perhaps a more reasonable way would be to:
1. Donate to OCC. Having worked with Samaritan's Purse before, I can tell you without a single hesitation that the company uses your donations in the most logical, trustworthy and efficient way possible. Money is needed to distribute the shoe boxes (some of them have a LONG road ahead, with trucks, trains, ships, camels, elephants, and donkeys in their future).
2. Build a Box Online. You still have a few weeks! You can pick out what items you'd like to pack in your box, and a volunteer at one of OCC's processing centers (where the boxes are inspected to make sure there is no liquid, glass, etc inside), will pack it for you! Side Note: This is an awesome gift to give in somebody's name for Christm as.
3. Pray for the Boxes . Whenever I delivered OCC shoe boxes to the village of Xaxao in Botswana, Africa, the shoe boxes had a very long journey. Pray that the boxes make it through customs. Pray there are enough shoe boxes for all the kids who need one (we had to turn down 50 kids in the village because we we're 50 short). Pray the kids understand that somebody loves them enough to pack them up a gift. Pray that the right shoe box gets into the hands of the child who needs it the most.
I've (by the grace and gift of God) passed out shoe box gifts. I've seen the joy it brings these kids. One girl opened her box, took out a pair of pink and green striped socks that we're lying on top, and was so excited that she closed the shoe box and jumped up and down for 10 minutes before she returned to her box. Another boy was so puzzled about a box of bandaids that he just stared at one for two minutes. All children across the board we're grinning from ear to ear and screaming loudly with joy. These shoe boxes are taken seriously by the kids they don't just open them up and forget about them, or want more (like we do on Christmas morning). They cherish what's inside. They cherish that YOU packed up a gift and sent it across the globe without even knowing their name. Their life is forever changed by the power of such a simple gift.
Posted in Design Post Date 02/21/2016