Friday, November 13, 2009
Give A Shoebox For Christmas... really
One of the things that most excites me about the Christmas season is having a great excuse to do for others.. During the normal year - giving and doing for others may make the person receiving - feel bad..... A person's pride may be get battered and that is something I never would want to do... but during the Christmas season people in need tend to be more apt to receive..... does that make sense?
This Sunday I am getting together with my friends.... my sister... and we are stuffing tube socks.. Yes, you heard that right - we are stuffing brand new tube socks with water and pop tarts - then we will deliver them to a homeless shelter in Orange County.... I love this kind of thing....
You know, you could do something special too this Christmas season that is if don't already have something lined up... Operation Christmas Child - also known as the shoebox ministry. This is an incredible way to bring joy to a child that would not being celebrating Christmas any other way.. The boxes go all over the world.
The boxes are so easy to put together - you can use a shoebox you already have handy or you can go to almost any Christian church and they will probably have boxes for you specially designed for this ministry.
Here's what you do:
Get a standard sized SHOE BOX or small plastic container
you can wrap the lid if you like
Choose a boy or girl and what age 2-4, 5-9, 10-14
Fill with age appropriate gifts (no liquids - please)
Donate $7 or more for shipping and expense
Place a large rubber band around the box.
Target has some great ideas there - I usually put a markers, pads, toothpaste, a battery operated toothbrush, stickers, hard candy, a small stuffed animal, and lots of little toys...
Go to Samaritan's Purse to find a drop off location near you.
Kelly's Idea #122509 - Give a Shoebox filled with goodies to a child in a faraway land.