This Saturday, May 7, ToysRUs will have a FREE Star Wars Lego Build!

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What fun for your child.  They can possibly donate it (after building) to a shoebox gift.

Giving something they made themselves teaches them service and really includes them in your Operation Christmas Child packing!

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Everyone always asks me how to fundraise.  We want to do more – to help more, to give more.  But our family budget, or our church budget is slim.  So how can we earn some extra cash?  There are LOTS of ways (You can search “fundraise” on this page and many posts will come up)

BUT I think the best way is to use the skills you have!

Bell Choir

The Black Lick United Methodist Church Bell Choir from Indiana had a concert at their church last week.  

The concert was free; however, people were asked to bring an item for their church’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing such as toothbrushes, washcloths, pens, pencils, crayons, small toys and balls, dolls, stuffed animals, hairclips, etc. The church, along with Hopewell and Strangford United Methodist churches, pack and wrap about 150 shoeboxes each year.

Fundraising ideas:  Spaghetti Dinners, Bake Sales, Craft Sales, Garage Sales, Golf Outings, Marathons, Raffles, Concerts, Pancake Breakfasts and participating restaurants that give a portion of the earnings – are all GREAT ways (and Fun Ways) to earn money for items and for shipping!

Plus even better! you get to meet people in your community and share about your church and about Operation Christmas Child.

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Sears is have a Sale!

sears sale

15% off Regular and SALE items!   And you will save even more if you are a “ShopYourWay” member.
This is for TODAY (May 1) only in store.  BUT  if you shop online, the sale will extend to Tuesday.
No coupon needed. 
Some exclusions apply and you can check them HERE.
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Harbor Freight is one of my favorite stores!  They have inexpensive tools, rope and other interesting items that are great to pack in a Box 10-14 Operation Christmas Child shoebox.  But I also love to get things for my own home, or to donate to other local charities!

Here are some coupons that are good through TODAY, May 1, 2016, ONLY:

harbor freight

You can use the 20% off coupon to purchase an item, and combine that coupon and purchase to use another coupon to get a FREE item!


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The 2016 Operation Christmas Child promotional materials are here!

2016 Operation Christmas Child promotional materials

Everything is free to order!  There are brochures, posters, stickers, dvds, etc.

2016 Operation Christmas Child promotional insert

BUT I really love the new item – a Promotional Insert:  “What goes in the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal.”   This all-in-one piece explains how to pack a shoebox gift on one side and the eternal impact of a shoebox gift on the other.   You can use this to inform your group about how to participate and more importantly, why they should participate. It is a great tool as a bulletin insert, flier, or take-home piece for participants!

Order yours today!


Today only!  Old Navy has $2 Tank Tops!  (In Store Only)

Old Navy
These are perfect for the older 10-14 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.  I would suggest getting a sizes extra small, small or medium.

THEN – Make sure to check out the clearance sections – people are still picking up amazing items for under $1!!


Dollar General clearance sale at all their stores.    TODAY through May 1, take an additional 50% off clearance items!  

They had been running a clearance sale on Pink Dot, Blue Dot, Grey Dot and Pink Star clothing items this past week.  All items marked with those particular tags between the prices of $1 and $6 were now at 50¢ each.    Some socks were also on clearance. 

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Great shopping deals available!  Of course with clearance items, stock will vary at every store. 

Thx Victoria for the scoop!


Here is a great Summer Reading Project!   And I’ve got an idea what they can do with the money 🙂 

I love involving kids in service projects.  Operation Christmas Child’s motto used to be “Kids Helping Kids” and I love that concept, don’t you?  Volunteering at a soup kitchen, helping clean beaches and parks, helping at an animal shelter are all fairly easy tasks.  They teach service to others and are key to building into a child’s life.  It broadens their view of life and helps to open their minds:  that they aren’t the center of the universe.  (Helps adults too!) I believe it can change their life forever.

Kids Helping Kids - Summer Reading Project

When a child uses their OWN money to buy Operation Christmas Child (or purchase items for a soup kitchen, etc.) it means so much more to them!  This teaches them that helping others can also require a sacrifice.   The process becomes real.

Here’s a way they can earn $10 AND read books in TD Banks Summer Reading Program.  What parent doesn’t want their child reading during the summer!  It’s a WIN/WIN in my book, lol!  WOW!  Kids in grades K-5 can earn their own money!

Kids in grades K-5 can participate by following these easy steps:

  • Read 10 books this summer
  • Print out the Summer Reading Form
  • Write down the names of the books read on the form
  • Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  • Receive $10 in a new or existing TD Simple Savings account


You can also involve your children/Sunday School/Youth Group/VBS/Scouts 🙂 through crafts! 

Here are a few simple ones:

Finger Puppets

Paint Chip Puppets

Plan a Kids Craft Party

Jingle Bell Bracelets

Popsicle Crafts

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TODAY ONLY!   You can get a 1 cent ream of paper after easy rebate at Staples!  No coupon needed!   And what is even better – the offer is good for up to 4 reams!   That would be 2000 sheets of paper for only 4¢!  What a deal 🙂

1 cent ream of paper at Staples

You will pay out of pocket $7.79 per ream (plus tax) and receive an Easy Rebate of $7.78 per ream making each 500 sheets only 1¢ (plus tax).

What will you do with all that paper you might ask!  There are so many options!

  • You can make simple paper pads like these HERE
  • You can include those pads in your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes gifts, or you can just take 10 sheets or so and roll them and secure with a rubber band!
  • Recently I stuffed 20 sheets (10 on each side) into file folders with stickers.  We have a few slightly larger shoeboxes they will fit perfectly into!
  • You can print out coloring pages or books like these HERE
  • You can use them yourself to print out all the coupons you use! or all the craft directions you will ever need!
  • You could also DONATE them to your local church, school or community group.   Various shelters run on tight budgets and I am sure their offices would appreciate a donation!

Thx Kyla for finding this deal of a 1 cent ream of paper at Staples!

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Get a FREE necklace from the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau.  Sign up to receive a brochure about Fort Myers and Sanibel Island and you will receive a free shell necklace.  How wonderful!

Free shell necklace

I’ve only visited Fort Myers and Sanibel Island once many years ago, but found the area to be so beautiful!  I loved the beaches and the people.

The necklace would be great to include in an Operation Christmas Child Girl 10-14 shoebox gift – what a special item!

As a special bonus, you will be receiving a travel guide.  Even if you don’t want to visit the area right now, you could use the beautiful pictures to make a puzzle.  Simple glue to cardboard and cut out, or glue to popsicle sticks like this one HERE.


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