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Subject: Operation Christmas Child
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 3:19 PM ET
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I was just wondering if anyone else here is involved in Operation Christmas Child?  I love, love, love this ministry.  I don't have any children of my own so I really get into buying the items for the shoeboxes.  I got the chance last year to spend a day at the Atlanta processing center and it was amazing.  I have never seen so many shoeboxes in one place.  It was collection night at my church last night and I think we had right around 250 shoeboxes there.  This was down a little bit from last year but still a good amount for the size church that I'm in.

Christine

Subject: Christmas
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 6:55 PM ET
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   Christine , 

    I have never heard of it , but we do a tree in our church with no names to it and then you pick a tag and buy the purchase and bring back to the church , and then at Christmas it goes to the needy and the community . But it is kept confidentail  for who the gifts are for and the families .

                            Dolores 

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Christine, Our church does Operation Christmas Child.  My oldest is almost 5 so this year I am going to have him help me buy for the box for a boy his age.  I want this to become our tradition now that he is old enough to have input & get it on his 5 yr old level.  Our collection week is all this week so the 2 of us will go shopping probably this Thursday, I am really looking forward to it & so is my son!

 

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 9:45 PM ET
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I always look forward to doing the shoeboxes each year.   I keep an eye out for things on sale  all year long that I can stuff in my boxes.  This is my 11th year to do boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Right now I have several boxes on my table half filled-- need to get busy and finish stuffing them.  There is a church in town that is the drop off for this area all this week.

Christine, I bet that was exciting to get to be at the processing center.  I would love to get a chance to see that.  With the number of boxes that they give out, I imagine that that 's quite a sight.   A friend from work's former boyfriend got to go one year to help give the boxes out.  Don't remember what country they went to.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 9:55 PM ET
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My daughters and I have had the privilege to work at the Atlanta processing center for several years now. We usually have a group of homeschool students go as a group. It is such a blessing to be a part of getting all those boxes crated to be shipped off to another country.

They also pray for the boxes at several different times during the day, that they will bless the children that receive them and that God will use them to draw children to Himself. It is awesome to hear the stories of how a child's pray was answered by the contents of the box they received.

We heard how one girl had prayed that she would receive a pink teddy bear and the first thing she saw when she opened the box was a pink teddy bear. We never know how our act of kindness will be used for God's glory. All of us can play a part. If you can't pack a box or go to the processing center, you can pray. Merry Christmas,  Meg

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 10:38 PM ET
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My ladies Bible study group does them every year and like Shayla, this is the last Sunday to turn them in at my church.  I love doing it.  We get together and oo and ah over stuff and make sure everyone gets a toothbrush and all the toiletries as well as fun stuff.  Then after they are packed, we pray over them.  It is always a fun time.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 8:59 AM ET
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My Pastor got to go to Jamaica three years ago with Samaritan's Purse and help pass out shoeboxes to some of the children there.  When he got back he showed a slideshow of the pictures that he took while he was there.  It lasted about 4 to 5 minutes and when it was over I don't think there was a dry eye in the church.   It was amazing the see the reactions of real children getting a shoebox that someone had prayed over and packed for them.

Like Jill said in a previous post, I keep an eye out all year long for items to go in the shoeboxes.  I read a testimonial on the website for Samaritan's Purse several years ago from an elderly lady.  She said that being on a fixed income made it hard for her to do more than one shoebox during October - November when her church was collecting them.  She said that the next year she started doing one shoebox a month during the year and when the colllection time came around the next year she was able to take in 12 shoeboxes.   I started doing that myself and it has worked out great. 

Merry Christmas Everyone,

Christine

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 11:35 AM ET
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Our church just did this.  I think we put together something like 60 boxes that we sent out.  Very cool!

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I just found out about this program last Christmas but heard of it too late to help.  So, back in the summer, I decided to do a box!  I've been buying little things along for some time.

I also am a youth pastor at a small rural church.  I decided to get my youth group to do a box.  They didn't want to do one--they wanted to do two!  So, we did!

Even though the kids picked the sex and age for the boxes they wanted to do, soemone brought some little rag dolls that were just too young for our boxes.  So, my wife got excited about those little rag dolls and ended up having to do a box by herself.  So, what started as one box ended up being 4!

I still might even do an Angel Tree kid.  I love helping people at Christmas and it means more to me than getting together with my dad, brother and sister for the holidays.

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 8:22 PM ET
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I am new to PBS and while checking out this site I was delighted  to find in this forum - "Operation Christmas Child.  This ministry is dear to my heart - I have been packing boxes ever since the first year - and encouraging everyone I can  to participate;  It's a good way to teach kids (my grandkids) to reach out and give at Chirstmas.  And we have gotten several letters from the kids who recieved boxes and that is so special to us.

Like some of you - I shop all year for gifts and store them at Church and then offer them to anyone who needs a few extra items to add to their boxes.  I just loaded up my station wagon yesterday and brought all the boxes from our Church to the local collection site.

A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all of you.

Subject: Operation Christmas Child
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 8:24 PM ET
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I am new to PBS and while checking out this site I was delighted  to find in this forum - "Operation Christmas Child.  This ministry is dear to my heart - I have been packing boxes ever since the first year - and encouraging everyone I can  to participate;  It's a good way to teach kids (my grandkids) to reach out and give at Chirstmas.  And we have gotten several letters from the kids who recieved boxes and that is so special to us.

Like some of you - I shop all year for gifts and store them at Church and then offer them to anyone who needs a few extra items to add to their boxes.  I just loaded up my station wagon yesterday and brought all the boxes from our Church to the local collection site.

A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all of you.

Subject: Operation Christmas Child
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 8:35 PM ET
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Sorry about the double post - I'm not sure what happened!

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 8:55 PM ET
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Tomorrow is our drop off day, I can't wait to hear how many our church alone collected.  My oldest son (almost 5) and I went shopping last night and had a great time, this was his first year actually participating.  We talked about it before we left, like that we weren't going to buy all toys but some socks, t-shirts, toiletries too & that we weren't shopping for him at all just for the child's shoebox.  He did really well and was very thoughtful about what he picked out.  Of course we bought too much, good problem to have :)  We can't wait to do it again next year. 

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 12:43 AM ET
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Operation Christmas Child !!!!!! This is a ministry that is so dear to my heart. My household is another one that shops all year long in order to do several boxes. Our method:   buy plastic shoe boxes and each payday I put a dollar in each one until I have enough in each box to cover the amount needed to send with the box for shipping costs. Also each payday I buy a small item or two for one box and then next payday an item or two for the next box. We repeat this over and over until the box is filled. Last to be purchased is sour candy and gum (great buys can be found after Halloween, just be careful not to buy any that has Halloween wrapping on the gum or candy itself, KWIM?). We also watch after-Christmas sales for dolls and toys that will fit in the box and we shop for items when they mark them down after the Back-to-School sales. The money saved inside the boxes then goes to pay the shipping and I do not have to worry about coming up with that amount all at once.

Oh, how I dearly wish I could some day participate at one of the drop sites or even go on a mission trip with OCC. 



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Subject: Operation Christmas Child
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 10:17 PM ET
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      Christine ,

        I first heard of this Ministry last week on TV . What a great Ministry !!! I certainly will remember them next yr. Its such a blessing to give to others , so they to can have some joy in there life .

                                       Dolores H.

any of my books are mailed out within 2 days .

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 8:05 AM ET
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If you get online and pay the shipping for your shoebox through Samaritan's Purse, they will send you an e-mail update about where your box went.  Ours went to Indonesia, and they sent several photos from that region showing the kids with boxes.  It was great!