Sunday, November 6, 2011

Operation Christmas Child

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I don't know if you have heard of Samaritan's Purse, but you are about to!  :D  In my posts of what I'm thankful for, non-profits make the top list!  I love that there are so many people willing to do the work necessary to help a complete stranger in need!  Samaritan's Purse was named and I'm guessing inspired by the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37).  The Good Samaritan's story is one where, ultimately, Jesus told us to go and help others.  Samaritan's Purse has been in operation helping people in various ways for 40 years!  How great is that!

This makes the second year we were able to bless them with a shoe box or two, and I am so thankful for that!  National Collection Week is November 14-21, even if you don't have much it really doesn't take much to fill one of the shoe boxes, or you can donate a few dollars to help send a box!  It costs $7 to ship one box and with that box we can show the greatness of God's glory!  They take the boxes to the children and give them out, while spreading the Word of God and helping others as we were commanded to do!

The boxes are easy, and I've included the instructions from their site, I hope you'll go by and visit!  Even if you can't help right now, maybe you know someone who could or you can save up and help next year!  If you don't know where to get one of the boxes, don't worry, you can use a regular shoe box.  I did a box for a girl age 5-9.  Here is a pic of what I included in my box (minus the puzzle because it wouldn't fit!):


 
Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

 
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

 
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child.  Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.

 
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

 
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Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at the Collection Center nearest you during our collection week, November 14-21.

For locations and hours of collection visit ourDrop-Off Locations page where you can find the nearest place to take your shoe box by entering your ZIP Code or you can call 1-800-353-5949.

You can also send your shoe box gift to: 
Samaritan’s Purse
Operation Christmas Child

801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607 

I hope that this will inspire you to bless someone!  Let me know your favorite non-profits!  We are always looking for some to donate to!  

May you have a blessed and joyful day!
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