Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Operation Christmas Child.

Are you looking for a good charity for Christmas?  There are so many Christmas Charities every year that it is difficult to choose one, and certainly you can do more than one.

This year at work we decided to do Operation Christmas Child.  For years we did hampers for the Christmas Cheer Board which went to local families in need. Then for several years we bought Christmas Dinners for the homeless at shelters in the city. Last year we filled warm socks with items for the homeless.

How does it work?
You choose a boy or a girl within a specific age group, and you pack a shoebox (provided by the organization) full of items for that child.

Since 1993 more than 94 million boys and girls from 130 countries have been joyful recipients of shoe box gifts. This year they are hoping that number will reach 100 million boys and girls.   You include such items as school supplies, such as pens, pencils, crayons, note pads and picture books.  Hygiene items such as a bar of soap.  Toys and other gifts such as stuffed animals, small musical instruments, hair clips, tshirts, socks, hard candy.  You can include a personal note or a photo in the shoebox as well.   So I chose a 10-14 yr old boy.  In my shoebox to him was some pencils, a notebook, a pencil case.  A small puzzle, a recorder, a watch, a bar of soap, 2 bags of hard candy and a pack of erasers.  I included a snowman card with a little story about how Canadian children build snowmen.   My box is on it's way to the depot to be shipped with thousands of other boxes to Children half-way across the world.   For November collection dates and locations please visit.   samaritanspurse.ca/packboxes   or call 1.800.303.1269   You will be happy you did...

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