Here is a short chilling film from Save the Children UK showing “the horror of war for children whose worlds have collapsed.”
It doesn’t have to just be war, it could be natural disasters, toppled governments, or even family loss that breaks the hearts and lives of these innocent children.
Our shoeboxes, our small gifts of hope and love, go to these children…living in refugee camps, hospitals, orphanages — after earthquakes, typhoons, floods, war and disease – any great and total loss.
“Most people who’ve viewed it have told us it’s helped them see how children could so easily have their lives torn apart.” – Save the Children UK
It broke my heart, and helped me see again the importance of our humble gifts, and the urgency of our prayers for children around the world.
This week at OCC headquarters in Boone/Charlotte, NC, they are holding a training conference for all the volunteer area coordinators from around the country! Please pray for these servants of God!
They say you can’t put God in a Box,
but millions of kids all over the world would disagree.
Ask Julio what he got for Christmas.
He won’t rattle off a long list of video games or sports equipment. He’ll tell you about a shoebox he got through Operation Christmas Child. Sure there were toys and other gifts inside, but there was something more. Much more. You see, he heard about the love of Jesus Christ from Christian literature he received with his box. Each year Samaritan’s Purse delivers gift-filled shoeboxes – packed by people like you – to suffering children around the world. We deliver them for one reason. We want these kids to know about the Greatest Gift ever given: Jesus Christ, God’s gift to a hurting world. To a child who has nothing, a shoebox can hold everything.
Just ask Julio.
Yesterday on our Facebook Page (have you checked it out yet?) Kristie had asked if there was a list of all the countries that Operation Christmas Child has delivered boxes – she found her answer in the “Special Report“.
It is Operation Christmas Child‘s annual magazine that contains stories and photos from recent shoebox distributions around the world.
Order yours FREE HERE (scroll down towards the bottom of the page). You can also order stickers and decals!
This Saturday, March 8, is “Bring Your Own Friends Day” at Ikeas around the country. RSVP – and register – redeem your coupon for a FREE Ikea Blue tote bag!
With your Ikea Family card there is free coffee, at my location there is free breakfast and a BOGO dessert deal at lunch, plus contests and other discounts. These extra deals are a great reward for your family since you are dragging them along so that each get a free tote, lol – all for your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!
Check out the area right outside the restaurant – often that is where the discounted clearance items are kept – PLUS the area right around the registers by the marketplace!
I also love those measuring tapes in the showroom! We asked the manager who donated over 1000 to use last year for our sewing kits. You can see what we did with them HERE, and what our friends did HERE.
Thanks Mark for this scoop! I nearly missed it this year
If you grab every free paper deal – you will have tons of pads – enough to donate to other packing parties or to the processing center!
(Use coupon, plus get remaining money through Easy Rebate by mail or online!)
I often hear people say “I wish I could go overseas and deliver shoeboxes.” Most distributions are done by local churches and local ministries within each country. However! – although we may not be able to go on an Operation Christmas Child distribution trip -
THERE there are ways you can minister to a child through Samaritan’s Purse!!
Trips to the Greta Home & Academy in Haiti are open to volunteers!
Spend 12 days ministering to these precious children (there are 70 children, ages ranging from 4 to 17) –
What a wonderful opportunity to minister and love!
Check here to find out all the details!
Length of Stay: 12 days
Minimum Age: Volunteers must be at least 18 years or older.
Project Description: Volunteers will assist in serving alongside the staff of the Greta Home and Academy to provide programs to continue the education of the children residing at the home.
Cost: Volunteers will be responsible for covering the cost of round-trip airfare ($600-$1000), and immunizations needed.
Available Dates: April 12 – April 23, 2014
June 14 – June 25, 2014
August 2 – August 13, 2014
October 18 – October 29, 2014
December 6 – December 17, 2014
Jessica found these back in January, but I was surprised to see that Kohl’s still has their Big One’s Christmas colored 6-pk washcloths on clearance for $3.99 (reg. $9.99).
AND They were still available at 2 of my local stores!– CHECK HERE for your local stores!
If you are going to purchase online (Free shipping at $75+) get an additional 15% off with the promo code: CELEBRATE
First – remember that TODAY Big Lots has 20% off your entire purchase (including sale and clearance) with THIS COUPON.
Next – Family Dollar Has $5 off $25. You can also text 5OFF25 to 28767!
My flyer has Aim or Pepsodent Toothpaste for 75 Cents!!
Great to combine that deal with the Coupon!
If you are having problems with the other link (click around until you find the “program overview”) -
It only takes about a minute to sign up!
One of the distributions of shoebox gifts was held in this prison – how bleak! It was held for the children of the prisoners and the children of the guards. There are many heartbreaking photos but the story is uplifting: your simple gifts gave these children a moment of hope and joy.
Did you boxes go to Mexico this year?