If you're a packrat as I am and need to purge your supply of empty shoe boxes, here is your chance to put one or more of those containers to good use. Participate in Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child by filling a box with inexpensive small toys for a needy boy or girl living somewhere on our globe. Decide whether you're providing for ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. I understand that fewer boxes are provided for the older kids than the younger children, so this may affect your decision. A list of suggested gift items is below.
Wrap the lid and the box separately since the contents will be inspected before shipping. Please place a check for $5.00 or more for each box for shipping and other expenses on the top of your contents. If you're feeling extremely generous and want to provide several boxes, you can write one check for all and place it in one of the boxes. Make your check payable to Samaritan's Purse, and indicate that the gift is for Operation Christmas Child on the memo line. Then use a rubber band or two to hold the lid to the box.
Bring your wrapped box or boxes to church, and stack them in the "narthex." I will have tape and labels available at church so you can affix the appropriate sex and age label to your boxes. I will take these to Jubliee Baptist Church, which is the nearest drop-off center, and that church will forward them on to their next stop before mailing abroad.
Since these boxes have to be mailed overseas, the deadline to drop them off is at hand. Please have your boxes at our church by Sunday, November 14. That gives you one week to either procrastinate or forget before the boxes are due. If I learn that a later date is possible, I will let you know as soon as I know.
Organization Christmas Child suggests the following gift items:
Toys: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinkies, etc.
School supplies: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, coloring books, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, etc.
Hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap in a plastic bag, comb, washcloth, etc.
Other: hard candy,lollipops, mints, gum, sunglasses, flashlights (with extra batteries), ball caps, socks, T-shirts, toy jewelry, hair clips, watches, small picture books, etc.
What NOT to send:
War-related items: toys, guns, knives, etc.
Chocolate or perishable food items
Liquids: shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, bubbles, etc.
Medicines: vitamins, cough drops, ointment, etc.
Breakable items: mirrors, china dolls, snowglobes, etc.
If you have more questions, you can go to www.samaritanspurse.org, or you can call me at 626-6968 at home.
Please join me in getting those boxes stuffed!