Monday, November 17, 2008

Operation Christmas Child: Nat'l Collection Week 11/17-11/24

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been packed, shipped, and delivered across the globe. People of all ages can be involved in this simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ. National Collection Week is November 17-24.

Instructions on how to pack a box are here. But, by and large the guidelines are:
Standard size shoe box. Top wrapped separately, but not necessary or a clear plastic shoe box.
Go here to download and print the label that you would need to attach to the top of the box.
No war items.
No chocolate/food items or anything out of date. (Ick! These kids are poor enough!)
No aerosol cans.
No lotions or liquids.
Double bag candy.
Bag bar soap.

When we do our box, I always like to pick the older boys. They are the ones that get the least amount of boxes because people think that they are harder to purchase for. We always put in our box:
Bar soap
Hard candy
Pop up wash cloth (You know the just add water kind.)
Glue sticks
Pencils and pens
Small toys/cars that older boys would like
Play Doh and clay
We got our box finished! Guess what looked red when I was at Walmart? Oh, that would be the lid. (I'm thinking that their lighting is weird.) At any rate, turns out that we scored an orange lid. No matter, we filled it with our goodies anyhow.
If you go to their website, they do have a listing of drop off locations. I believe that all you need to do is pop your zip code in.

I ask you to consider taking part in this mission project with your children. We've done it for years as a couple and welcomed the opportunity to do it with K-.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

We do this with our MOPS group too; actually I'm bringing in my supplies tomorrow so we can get the boxes put together!