Friday, November 13, 2009
Operation Christmas Child Reminder
We've been putting our Operation Christmas Child boxes together. National Collection Week is November 16-23. The kids each have their own that they get to help fill. So far, we have included stickers, colored pencils, little pencil sharpeners, flashlights with extra batteries, activity pads, books, toothbrushes and toothpaste, notebooks, balls, yo-yos and cars for the boys, flashcards, and sunglasses and jewelry for the girl. (How to Pack a Shoebox.) We do this every year, and this year, they particularly have gotten into the idea and have talked about their "child" a lot. We're going to include letters to the children, also. A child-friendly version of the Gospel in the specific country’s language is added to each box when sent. They also ask that you add $7 processing fees for each box. I think this is the first year you can print labels with bar codes to track what countries your boxes reach. That will be fun, if I can just get my printer to work...To find out more about Operation Christmas Child and a drop-off location for your area, go to Samaritan's Purse.