Operation Christmas Child
Our church has been involved in putting together shoeboxes filled with goodies for the last few years that get sent overseas to needy children in many countries. My daughter noticed a sign for Operation Christmas Child at a church several years ago where a church in town collects shoeboxes to ship overseas. About five or six years ago our Pastor wanted our family to head up this project, but we dropped the ball two years in a row!! We forgot all about it. (So embarrassing!) But then three years ago when my husband and daughter were driving past a big church in town, she saw the sign and remembered what we had been asked to do in previous years. She became all excited and said, “Dad! We HAVE to do it THIS year!” So we promptly sent away for the information and proceeded to announce to our church that we were going to do this. When we received the DVD to show us how to pack a box, we bought a box, filled it with the goodies, and took it to church with flyers and inserts for our bulletins. It was amazing how our tiny congregation pitched in right away. It was pretty exciting!
Above is a recent picture of our little congregation. There happened to be several new people at church yesterday, too, who were a blessing to meet! Also, many people were there who haven’t been able to join us for awhile for various reasons! But I was so happy about everyone who was there yesterday, so we could get a great group shot! Our daughter Grace who started it all is the girl in the front row with the long blonde hair right in the middle!
The first year we prepared shoeboxes we were able to get enough donations from everyone to fill 14 boxes. And when I say we are a tiny church, I mean averaging about 18-25 people on a Sunday morning! The second year we almost doubled that number and sent out 24 boxes. This year we are not quite finished with our boxes, but so far we already have 20! And we still have a lot more money to spend that has been donated to fill more boxes. So tomorrow we are making our last shopping trip as people donated more money this past Sunday. We are not trying to outdo ourselves every year, but it seems as if God is using us to bless many children. Last year we tracked our boxes, and they went to the Philippines. I am hoping they go there this year since they have been hit so hard there by the typhoon.
I wish I had thought of posting this sooner, but this is the last week to pack shoeboxes to send. This Friday is the last day they can be donated at any local drop-off location in your area. Please consider being a blessing to put a smile on a boy or girl’s face whom you will most likely never see. Thanks so much everyone. Even one shoebox can make a huge difference to a child.
God bless everyone and give someone you love a big hug!!!!