Operation Christmas Child Packing Party!!

This past Tuesday after school we had a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child.  For those unfamiliar with this mission, the idea is that you fill a shoebox with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, and these boxes are sent all over the world to children in need.  Before they are sent, Samaritan’s Purse (the organization that oversees these boxes) puts in a book about Jesus, in that child’s language.  So not only are these kids receiving presents when they may have no idea what a present even is, but they are also receiving the gift of salvation.  It is truly better to give than to receive!!

Well, our students really came through again this year.  Our Jr. High students raised over $900 in change over three days’ time during the annual Operation Christmas Child penny wars.  Students from all grades brought in items, filled shoeboxes, and shipping money donations.  

We had close to 75 students helping at our packing party on Tuesday, and many great parent/adult helpers as well.  Our final shoebox total was 503 shoeboxes, a new record for our school.  We had plenty of supplies leftover, but we ran out of empty boxes!!  God truly is SO GOOD!!

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Operation Christmas Child Packing Day!

Today after school was the packing day for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!  After weeks of penny wars, donations, item collections, shopping, and planning, we were able to pack well over 400 boxes.  483 to be exact.  I cannot wait to hear where the boxes end up!  Truly, God is so good!

Here are some pictures from our packing party in the cafeteria.  🙂

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THANK YOU to all who helped us pack boxes!!  To God be the glory!!  🙂

Operation Christmas Child Projects…Pre-Packing Day

In just a few days we will pack as many as 400 shoeboxes to send to the Operation Christmas Child program through Samaritan’s Purse.  This is a great project our school has been involved in for a few years now, and there is always such great support for it.

Our class is participating by bringing in boxes and items to use, but we also did a group project during our Art time on Friday to make some items to send along in some of the boxes.  We took donations of used, old t-shirts, and turned them into tote bags that can be used to hold all sorts of things.  I’m envisioning a child carrying groceries home to their family in one of these, but I’m sure they’ll use them for all sorts of things.

Anyway, we ended up with 46 bags to send.  Check out these pictures of the process.  🙂

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Showing of the t-shirts before we cut them up.

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First you cut off the arms, then cut out the neckline…

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…then you cut slits along the bottom hem, and ties the strips together to close it up.  That’s it!

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Showing off some of the finished bags.

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We ended up with 46 finished bags.  The scraps are being made into bracelets this weekend…I’ll try to add a picture of those once they’re done.  Such a great cause to make items for!!  To God be the glory!!  🙂

Sunday night edit: We also ended up with 85 scrap bracelets, and probably could have made even more, if time had allowed.  What a great recycling project!