2nd Annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party 11/11/10

Are you feeling the pinch? Struggling to make ends meet? The thought of Christmas got you down instead of excited? It’s a rough time for our nation right now and it’s hard to think of others while we’re tightening our belts.

Besides helping you and yours save money one of the reasons I blog is to encourage you to give freebies you don’t need away. Maybe you made money on hemorrhoid cream (see here!) or used a coupon to get Colgate for free plus overage. I know that some of you are having a rough time right now but I wanna encourage you to give things away to others who have needs. There is extreme poverty in some parts of the world and simple things can make all the difference. Last year I participated in something that if we had to write a check for we couldn’t have. If they’d asked me to give $400 we couldn’t have swung it. So what did I do? I gave free stuff. Stuff we didn’t need that others did. Through it I was able to help out little kids.

One of the main reasons I love to save money is that I love to be able to bless others. On one income this wouldn’t be possible without watching my pennies throughout the year.

One of my fave places to give to is an organization run by Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, called Samaritan’s Purse. Their main program, Operation Christmas Child, brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been packed, shipped, and delivered across the globe. People of all ages can be involved in this simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.

Honestly the thought of people going without upsets me but once I had Isaac growing in my belly it brought me to tears. The first time I made an announcement at our church about it and told them about children living without safe drinking water I broke down and I know it wasn’t just pregnancy hormones. Something had changed inside me and I was determined to give and give more than ever.

Basically, you collect things to go in a shoebox like toiletries, school supplies, toys, and candy. Then you pack the shoebox, indicate whether it’s for a boy or girl and include a $7 check. It can be dropped off at your nearest drop off location. We’ve been helping out for a while and it’s a very hands-on way to help those in poor countries. I know a lot of churches get involved as well as schools.

I have a friend who did it and spent $50/box. However, if you watch the sales throughout the year you can pack more boxes as you spend less per box but they still get goodies, meaning more kids benefit. So this year I’ve been stocking up on free stuff from WAGS and CVS, or when school supplies were super cheap at Office Depot, I went crazy! That meant that last year I only spent $45 but I packed 45 boxes. Check out the piccies:

Tons and tons of stuff

I sorted it all into bags as the kids at our church will then put it in the boxes.I am not trying to toot my horn here, just helping you realize how far free things go! Over the next few weeks I’m going to be blogging with OCC to help bring you budget tips each week and my ways to pack a shoebox on a budget.

Isn’t bargain shopping AWESOME??!!

Go HERE for more details on the fantastic organization. Here’s my video about our OCC box.

This year we’re having our second annual Operation Christmas Child with Living Word Church in Lansing. If you’re close at all I really want to encourage you to come out and join us. You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future but here’s a couple of details.

Date: Thursday November 11
Time: 7-9pm open house
Place: Living Word Church, 2248 186th Street, Lansing, IL
We need: Toiletries, hard candy, unused toys, unused clothes. List of ideas HERE.
I need help. Here’s what we need:

  • You to show up on the night, help us wrap boxes and invite TONS of friends. Please invite Facebook friends, church groups, MOPS groups and more. It’s gonna be a fun girls night out.
Please leave a comment if you’d like to help. We really need YOU!

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