There are lots of great sales and deals happening at Family Christian!  First – there you can get 25% off your entire purchase of regularly-priced items using the code:  pumpkins at checkout! PLUS there is a Family Christian Give Away as well 🙂 YAY!   CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

Family Christian Give Away

THEN as part of their “Customer Appreciation” celebration – you click to reveal YOUR special additional deal – mine was 30% off one item – but yours might be different!  PLUS you can “ship to store” for FREE.  OR Today only (Thursday, Sept. 22) Free Shipping at $30 plus or anyday free shipping at $50+.

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AND finally – there is a GIVEAWAY!  the “We LOVE You Sweepstakes”- CLICK HERE to ENTER

Here is what you can win:

    • 100 $25 Family Christian Appreciation Certificates
    • 1 Jared Emerson signed painting
    • 1 Barnabas Bear Church Package (100 total) to donate to a local Church
    • 100 Barnabas Bears
    • 20 Chip and Joanna Gaines Books, The Magnolia Story
    • 50 autographed Good Good Father picture books
    • 40 autographed Passion Salvation’s Tide is Rising CDs
    • 20 Risen DVDs
    • 25 Jesus Always Devotionals
    • 20 CrazyFaith Coffee – autographed bags of Coffee
    • 15 autographed CrazyFaith Coffee Mugs
    • 100 iDisciple annual memberships
    • 20 Miracles from Heaven DVDs
    • 20 God’s Not Dead 2 DVDs
    • 10 Active Faith Wearables
    • 20 gifts from the Small But Mighty collection
    • 20 gifts from the Cupcakes & Jesus collection
    • 10 Birds on a Wire Bundles: Bundle includes a signed book, prayer cards, and mugs
    • 50 Louie Giglio The Comeback Book – autographed
    • 50 Faith Box Empowerment Boxes
    • 5 autographed Dave Adamson calendars

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I love that Family Christian is a non-profit – which means that all of their profits are donated back to Christian ministries!  So with every dollar you spend – you get great merchandise and it is helping others.

Family Christian: When you shop, you give: 100% of our profits are donated to Christian Charities

Family Christian has also partnered with Operation Christmas Child.  Many stores have GO Boxes – those red and green foldable cardboard shoeboxes – available at their stores to give away.  There is limited stock – so many call your local store before driving down to the store.

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Each Operation Christmas Child gift is entirely unique.  There are so many different things you can include.  Start with prayer and see just where God will lead YOU to be the answer to a child’s prayer.  That’s exciting, isn’t it?  Here is a great idea from Teddi – homemade Tool Kits!

Teddis Tool Kits

Teddi made a pouch from old blue jeans! Then filled it will lots of great items that an older boy 10-14 could use.  What an asset for older boys –  tool kits!  They can use it to help around the house or even use it for work as many boys are already working full time at this age 🙁

Here are Teddi’s instructions:

I used old blue jeans and cut the legs into sections.  I left the flat feldfield seam for the bottom seam.   I cut off the hems and the outside leg seam (as they were so bulky).   Then I stitched in the zipper at the top and sewed the ends.  The jeans were free (lol) and the zippers were 29 cents at a local thrift store.

She filled them with safety goggles and a screw driver that she got free after rebate (often Menards has such deals).  She used pill bottles and filled them with nails and screws (covering and decorating the sides so they would not be mistaken for medicine at all!).  Then she included a hammer, twine, tapemeasure, and pliers that she purchased from Dollar Tree.

You can also find great deals on tools from Harbor Freight – they always have coupons for “free” items if you purchase something else – and their prices are very reasonable (I often post their coupons on this site.)  Nails and screws can be purchased in bulk and then separated into containers (you don’t want them to be loose inside a shoebox!).  Twine, duct tape, length of rope, flashlights, work gloves, work aprons (with pockets) are all great items to include.

The men’s group at my church packed Tool Boxes instead of conventional cardboard shoeboxes.  They found some smaller plastic shoebox sized ones and filled it with tools and then stuffed school supplies and a teddy bear (who doesn’t need something to hug!) and a few other items into all the corners.  The men LOVE packing those and it really motivates them to participate every year.

Another idea for Boys 10-14 would be to make a FISHING KIT – CLICK HERE to check out my post.

 

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craft hope Have you heart about Craft Hope?  Every few months they choose a new craft project and inspire hundreds around the world to make specific items for those in need.  Each project is matched with a specific charity, with alternative suggestions for local places to contribute the item.   They work on 1 project at a time (helps to focus!).

FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2016 their project is:

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THE FLOOD IN LOUISIANA!  (The need is so great that even mailing donations through October will be terrific.) (It has been “shared” as a facebook event HERE)

Craft Hope is teaming up with the Louisiana 4-H and 4-H organizations around the nation to collect school supplies for the children affected by the recent flooding in southern Louisiana. Many school aged youth were in the midst of planning for the new school year and lost everything to the floods. Now, many of them are cleaning their homes and have not thought about school, or school supplies.

We are asking that you craft something special for these children to go along with donated school supplies or you could just send handmade school supply items for these children.  Some of the ideas are bookmarks, art kits, book bags, pencil pouches, backpacks, and totes. You could make a tote and fill it with a few school supplies. Make a pencil bag and fill it with markers. The opportunities are endless and they need everything.

Please be creative and thoughtful in your giving.

Ship your donations to:
LSU Ag Center Warehouse
School Supply Flood Relief
4161 Gourrier Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Here are a few of their past projects:

aprons for haiti

Over 900 aprons were just delivered to crafting women in Haiti thanks to a partnership with Craft Hope and Haiti by Hand

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Sock Monkeys for the Firefighter’s Burn Institute in Sacramento! For children in the hospital. Delivered over the holidays!!

New dresses for the children living on a dump in Nicaragua

New dresses for the children living on a dump in Nicaragua

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