Operation Christmas Child Testimony: When I See Freebies We Don’t Need, I Save Them

Operation Christmas Child is very near and dear to my heart and to some readers too. To encourage you this week we’re going to be hearing from some people who love it just as much as I do as to how they’ve packed more shoeboxes for less moolah. This is from Rachel:

I first heard about OCC last year when a friend of mine was talking about packing shoe boxes. It took me a while before I figured out what she was doing. She’s an avid couponer and shops a lot. Before, if I saw a deal on dental floss or lip balm, I’d think, “I already have a ton of those.” Now I know to stock up on them and save them for November.

I’ve always done a lot of volunteer work and have been fairly generous in monthly pledges to several charities. Since my husband lost his job and since we’ve been seeing a Dave Ramsey financial counselor, we have cut out all donations. Also, with two kids under three, I don’t have the time to volunteer any more. This is a tangible way for me to help kids and I don’t have to spend much money if I plan carefully. I’ve been to Egypt and my mom has been there and to India twice. I know how bad it can be.

I have two kids but they’re both under three and don’t understand the concept that much. We did get a Happy Meal toy the other day that we already have three of, and I somehow convinced my 33-month-old not to open it and to share it with another kid. I was pretty happy that he went along with it.

This is the first time I’ve OCC. I keep finding more stuff–presents I didn’t give last year or stuff for the kids that never got used or things I had in mind for presents for a local charity. I’m having a packing party and hoping that others will bring some stuff. We may end up doing 15-20 boxes, which is a pretty big deal to me as a first-timer.

Rachel had intended to be a stay-at-home mom or to work part-time. Then her husband lost his job and our world crumbled. The leads are finally starting to come in and he seems close to getting a job. I’m writing about how we’re climbing out of this deep hole HERE.

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