I hope you'll prayerfully consider them.
I don't know when it happened, but the holidays have snuck up on us. Yes, they have! It's a wonderful time of the year, a time of joy and family traditions, a time of hope and remembering the greatest gift mankind has ever received--and all because of a deep love for us from our Creator.
As long as we don't make it about stuff, and rushing around, and what we'll get. But, it is about what we'll give. And that's where my favors come in...
First favor, please consider sharing this video on your blog, or linking it in an email to your friends. Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful program/ministry that gifts children all over the world. My son is gifted by the opportunity to fill a shoebox with toiletries, books, toys, a letter, and prayers for a child he will probably never met this side of heaven. And, the child receiving the box my son is now so carefully and prayerfully packing will be blessed because we opened our empty pockets and God took nothing and made it something. He's so excellent at miracles, isn't He? That is the loveliness of our loving God. He can take nothing, and make something wonderful happen.
We don't have much, but what we can pull together will go in a shoebox, along with our prayers for the little boy who will receive them. It's already time to get those shoeboxes filled and prepare them for drop-off in a couple of weeks - Nov 16 - 23 this year, at your nearest Collection Center. Please follow this link for more details about what can go into a box, how to identify the age & gender of who you've packed it for, and where your nearest Collection Center is.
Second favor, please watch the video. Please pass it on via your blog, your social networks, your friends and family via email. The embed code is there in the bottom of the vid frame.
Thanks--for letting me make such a request. I know your days are already packed (and I'm blessed you spend a few moments of your precious day here with me) and your pockets are about as empty as mine. But our hearts are full, and we have the desire to give, to share, so let's step out together and bless. And be blessed. It's inexpensive to fill a shoebox, and God will make a way.
I'm praying your blessed beyond your comprehension this holiday season. God is a giver. And we are His beloved. Let's open our hands, to give, and to receive in Christ.
small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.
pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
A PERSONAL NOTE
In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
DO NOT INCLUDE:
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans
If you want/need more information,
just leave a comment and I'll get back to you.
May God richly and deeply bless you today and during the holidays.