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It's time to think about shoeboxes
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It’s time to open your heart and bring joy to the life of a child. The drop-off dates for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are Nov. 18-25.
The event will once again be offered locally by First United Methodist Church with organizers Debbie Patterson and Debra Young.
The world's largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world. Since 1993, the Samaritan's Purse project has collected and delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 100 countries and expects to collect another 9.8 million shoebox gifts in 2013. Young says the effort surpassed 100 million last year when 12-year-old Evilyn Pinnow presented the 100 millionth shoebox to a child in the Dominican Republic.
Pinnow began collecting and donating shoeboxes when she was 8 years old when she founded the Shoe Box Club in her hometown of Ft. Atkinson, Wis. The club now has 80 members between ages 3 and 12, includes a board of directors, and has collected 2,000 shoeboxes in the past four years.
If you would like to prepare a shoebox, a standard size box will do or you can use a small plastic container. Wrap the box lid separately, but wrapping is not required. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl. Age categories are: 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14.
Then fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Please include a donation of $7 or more for each shoebox prepared to help cover shipping and other project costs. Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox before dropping it off at First United Methodist.
Suggested items include small cars, balls, dolls, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, Slinky, toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap in a plastic bag, comb, washcloth, hard candy, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, and flashlights with extra batteries.
School supplies are always needed. Suggested items include pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, stamps, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books.
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not include used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, out-of-date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, aerosol cans, or items not appropriate for children.
Individuals who would like to receive a correspondence from the child who receives their shoebox are encouraged to include a personal note in the box, as well as a stamped, self-addressed envelope.