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January 24, 2014

Operation Christmas Child Box Delivered!

I received an email back in December that my boxes were headed to the Dominican Republic.

I've just now gotten around to reading it and taking it all in.  One of the links they sent within their email was to this video.



Here are some of what happens with the kids in the DR.  I'm so happy that I can make a small difference to some children there.

This was also posted on the page:

Twenty-nine percent of the Dominican Republic's 10.2 million people are 14-years old or younger.  In the 2013-2014 season, 231,840 shoebox gifts from the US will be delivered to children in the Dominican Republic which first received the gifts in 1999.  Since then, 2,213,052 children in the DR have received a shoebox.

How awesome is that?  I may or may not have shed a tear (or two or ten) watching that video.  

Now, do you think since it's not Christmas time that it's time to stop thinking about OCC?  Wrong!  You can shop year-round for these kids.  You can build a box online for only $30.  Or you can designate a box at your house and make a commitment to put items in it once a month.  We've already started ours.

Here's our box!

Here are some ideas of items you can collect year-round.  Make a list or print this out and put it in your purse, or on your fridge, or in our car.

January
Christmas items (shop those after Christmas sales!) like candy canes, hard candy, small stockings, small stocking stuffer type items

February
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and Valentine items such as hard candy (lollipops, heart-shaped candies) and little toys (shop the after Valentine’s Day sales!)

March
Happy Meal toys (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Chick-Fil-A, Subway, etc.)

April
Money – This month, collect donations to help cover the shipping costs of the boxes packed in November. Count your change!

May
Wash cloths and soap (NO IRISH SPRING, best kind is Ivory) and Ziploc bags of any size

June
Small toys (balls, jump ropes, games, plastic jewelry), stickers, coloring books, etc.

July
Paper, notebooks, writing tablets, journals, coloring books, stickers, (shop those Back to School sales) etc.

August
School supplies (shop those Back to School sales) such as crayons, pencils, pens, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, markers, etc.

September
Flip flops and sunglasses (shop those end of season specials!)

October
Plastic shoe boxes (they are sturdier than the cardboard ones) from Fred’s, Home Depot, Office Max, Wal-Mart, etc.

November
Hard candy (shop those after Halloween sales!), hair accessories such as combs, brushes, ponytail holders, etc.

December


Socks, t-shirts, watches, flashlights, stocking stuffer type items, etc. 

At the end of the year when it's time to start packing boxes, you'll have enough stuff to pack many more boxes than you normally do and you won't spend as much money over a short period of time.

Just because the holiday season is over, doesn't mean that it's time for forget about these kids.  They are currently completing the Greatest Journey Bible study they received when they got their boxes.  Pray for them to be receptive to God's greatest gift.



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