Tis better to give than receive

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.

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 $15/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’s meant that this year I only spent $75 but look what I got:

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! Because I’ve watched the sales this year, bought when things were cheap, and stockpiled, we’re gonna pack 30 boxes! I am so excited that these children who normally wouldn’t get a gift will get a box full of goodies.

Isn’t bargain shopping AWESOME??!!

Go here for more details on the fantastic organization and remember National Collection Week is November 17-24.


  1. On behalf of Franklin Graham, thank you for participating in Operation Christmas Child. We are grateful for the effort that you put in throughout the year to reach children around the world. Please pray for the children who will be receiving the boxes that their hearts will be touched.

    Darren Mullenix
    Donor Ministries
    Samaritan’s Purse

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