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Subject: Anyone done Operation Christmas Child?
Date Posted: 10/27/2013 11:32 AM ET
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a church I attended over 15 yrs ago did this one year then switched to doing something similar on a local level...this is my first year to participate and I'm working on 2 boxes for girls 10-14. I've been following the posts on their facebook page for the US and it's been interesting - all sorts of things packed according to interests and income levels - even links to boxes packed for under $10 and that was including the $7 cash they ask for to help with mailing. mine haven't been that frugal because I didn't start early enough to be crafty and bought a lot from amazon and walgreens but think I'm nearly done.

I've never been really big on foreign missions whether through a church or just in general giving - IF I gave it was usually something local or at least within the US and I say IF because I usually think about it more than I actually do with the exception being donorschoose.org - I like that organization a lot.

anyways just wondered if anyone here has done this and how you felt doing so...it's part of Samaritan's Purse and think Billy Graham's son heads up that organization or at least he did when I did it many years ago. if anyone's done it I'd also like ideas as to what you packed, etc. it's hard for me with clothing and flip flops like some are packing because I dno't know the climate or if the kid can read english or figure out how to play the games or read anything.

Date Posted: 10/27/2013 3:47 PM ET
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I haven't done anything with this organization but have done with similar organizations. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, drawing paper, colored pencils, pencil sharpener; chalk; crayons; socks; ribbons and bows for the girls; jump rope; small puzzles; a small ball.

I am going to check out Operation Christmas Child. Thanks for mentioning it.

Date Posted: 10/27/2013 3:52 PM ET
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I've done it several times when my kids were younger.  Was a great way to get them involved in giving to others.  We put in things like little stuffed animals/dolls, socks, gum & hard candy, silly putty, card games, rubber balls, yo-yos, crayons & coloring books, etc.  Check out your Dollar Store for some inexpensive toys, too!

Date Posted: 10/27/2013 4:24 PM ET
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Nope, I do our local Angel Tree and give money to Toys for Tots.

Date Posted: 10/27/2013 4:29 PM ET
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thanks!

Jeanne I plan on doing Angel Tree at church this year- saw it mentioned in the bulletin and when i visited this church years and years ago I participated and enjoyed shopping for the kid I picked. I've never done Toys for Tots.

so far for my  boxes I've bought some card games-  uno, iota, spot it, izzi along with hair scrunchies, brush, toothbrush, recorder with some simple music books...I may do a couple of younger kid boxes too not sure yet.

Date Posted: 10/30/2013 8:59 AM ET
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Angel trees often have specific wishes for gifts and the tags contain the child's gender and age usually. Daughter's service org at her H.S., INTERACT, gives to a children's home where she volunteers each Christmas so we will get a couple tags from them.

Several ministries do the shoeboxes for the homeless that have grooming items, socks, and small packages of healthy snack foods so I will help pack those this year too.

Date Posted: 10/31/2013 11:45 PM ET
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A couple of yahoo groups I am in does something called the Angel card project, We send christmas cards to people to cheer them up. I do this every year, I think it is cool and it just cost the price of a card and a stamp so you can help a lot of people. I have sent and I have recieved from this project. I will tell you, it is very uplifting to get all those cards from complete strangers with well wishes and prayers in them. 

Subject: OCC
Date Posted: 11/5/2013 9:28 AM ET
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Yep, we have done OCC every year since my oldest was a toddler.  I have each child pack a box for a child of similar age and gender.  We get most of the school/office supplies during Back to School time and collect socks and shirts off clearance racks.  Little toys and such from the dollar store as well as hygene items.  We used to wrap large shoeboxes but I began to hear from representatives from the organization say the kids keep their boxes like treasure chests until they fall apart.  Many of these kids don't have a dresser or their own personal closet or something.  So then we switched to the plastic shoeboxes for durability.  I budget (with the $7 shipping) for about $20 a box.

We recently switched churches and our new church is a drop off site for show boxes.  They also collect through out the year and have a major "packing" party.  We just had ours- we did a broth and bread lunch after church and then the packing party- over 300 boxes packed assembly line style!!

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 11:05 PM ET
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I wish I knew of an assembly line type group but I've had fun doing the 2 boxes and am planning on putitng together a few more - want to make some stuff for the last ones and hope I have time and turns out the way I hope! almost done though.

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 8:35 PM ET
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I have done them the last couple of years at church.  I thought that it would be fun to go to one of their shipping centers where the shoe boxes come into.  They use volunteers to check each box out to make sure that everything packed is appropriate such as no toy soldiers, guns, etc.  those are removed and replaced with something else.

Last couple of years I used their web site to give the suggested donation of $7 to cover shipping.  If you do that, they will send an email telling you which country your box or boxes is going to.  If I remember right, mine went to India.

Date Posted: 11/8/2013 10:41 AM ET
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My mum's church has been doing OCC for nearly ten years. Starting out, my mum would do a box for each of us kids, and the last five years, she has included one for my daughter, who loves going to the dollar stores and picking out goodies for the shoeboxes. She also adds an each box if we happen to lose a family member that year. They have collected the boxes for our local area last week, and I'm all ready working on next year's set; using yarn in my scrap bin to make scarves, hats, & fingerless gloves. My daughter loves picking out the colors for me.

Date Posted: 11/11/2013 1:46 PM ET
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hopefully I can make the 2 playmats I'm wanting to add to 2 boxes (have 4 panesl but aiming for 2 boxes this year for that age but depends on time....) pretty much done with the girls 10-14 boxes (2 of these) - just need to pack them up. I did find some plastic shoeboxes to use and I think I like those better than the cardboard boxes so they can store their stuff.

 

Date Posted: 11/19/2013 6:00 PM ET
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I got my box completed now just have to drop it off this week to the collection site. Next year, I will start earlier as I didn't find what I wanted to include. But did the best I could.

Date Posted: 11/22/2013 10:07 AM ET
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just dropped mine off last night! whew lot of work and I want to be earlier too - didn't have time to write the letter, etc - didn't realize how long it would take to go through al the piles of things and pack..had to leave stuff out..now I have a pretty good idea how much will fit and what I want to do for my boxes...took a lot of leftover and things I couldn't fit in to the dropoff location so hopefully they can use them or send them to the other site to add to other boxes.