Operation Christmas Child
I’ve totally found the most perfect charitable project for my skill set: Operation Christmas Child! The important part is that it’s an awesome project, delivering gifts to children in serious need. The fun part is that I get to make care packs, and not just regular care packs, Christmas care packs! How perfectly rad is that?!?!
And there’s more… you can help me!
Samaritan’s Purse is a world-wide ministry that brings food, medicine, clothes, vocational education, supplies, and love to the world’s most vulnerable populations. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project that delivers hand-packed boxes of small toys, candy, clothes, toiletries, personal letters, and The Gospel to children in 130 different countries.
My church, Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay (HCKB), is participating in OCC this year with a pledge of 3,000 boxes! National collection week is later this month, and our boxes are due by November 20. (Boxes are actually collected year-round at Samaritan’s Purse HQ, but HCKB’s 2011 drive has a hard deadline).
This video moved me to tears when they played it during our Sunday service a couple weeks ago:
So how can you help? My church is shy of their goal. We haven’t turned in 3,000 boxes yet. Duggs and I made two, and while we wish we could make a million boxes, we have financial limitations of our own. Here’s where I’m asking people for help: if you would like to fund a box and send me some cash money, I’ll do all the legwork and handicrafting! I’ll shop, decorate, pack and pray over a box that will have your name, contact info and any personal touches you’d like me to include (if you want I can put pics of you in there, we have a photo printer, and if you give contact info some children will write back as pen pals).
It’s up to you how much you’d like to spend per box, and you can pick if you’d like it to be for a boy or a girl, and what age group.
Samaritan’s Purse does ask that $7 be included with every box to help cover the shipping and handling, so please keep that donation in mind as well.
If you’d like to just donate directly to the organization, you can always just do that. Go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/occ/ and you can give money online to help kids get boxes that way.
I know there are so many charitable organizations to work with, and there are so many projects this time of year. I know that so many of you are tapped out and pulled in many directions. Please don’t feel like I’m panhandling… I’m just putting the offer out there: if you’d like to fund a box, I’d love to put it together for you. Matthew and I had such a great time making our boxes this past weekend, we’d be honored to keep it going. Something about OCC has seriously touched my heart and I just feel so compelled to do as much as I can. If even just one more child gets a box, that’s a great thing to me.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve picked some kind of service project to do at the holidays. It used to be because my Mom made me… but the tradition stuck and I’ve kept it up as an adult, happily! Since being married, my hubs has gladly jumped on board (thank you Duggs, for sharing your hard-earned money with those less fortunate than us). This year, making the boxes and having such a hand in the actual gift the kids will get, felt so special to me.
I love how personal OCC is. I like actually selecting the items, the possibility of being pen-pals, that every single box will be unique. OCC is specialized, it’s different, and I really know and believe in my heart that these boxes will have a great impact on the children who receive them. Based on the religious nature of the project, I know it’s not for everyone.
I’m so pumped to work on the boxes, to give these kids a smile, and to offer them the hope and peace that is the love of God. In the darkest of places, God’s Light is needed the most!
Check out the boxes we already made:
As always, thanks for reading and looking at my photos. If you are interested in funding a box, we have just less than two weeks to get it done! Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or just comment here. THANK YOU!!