As I moved among the thousands of shoeboxes today, only one thought traveled through my mind. What would that little girl or boy see in his or her box that might bring them joy? Oh please let our boxes bring them joy.
And that is the kind of place Operation Christmas Child really is—It’s a colorful place with wall to wall shoeboxes and even bigger brown shipping boxes— and tables with stations set up appropriate for different age groups where the workers can pack up all the shoeboxes to go out to their final destinations. Our boxes were assembled for all different age groups and a mix for boys and girls.
The stations were set up so that if items needed to be added they could. Some shoeboxes arrive at Operation Christmas Child headquarters with just a bit more space to add a pencil or package of mints. Each child will get their box to overflowing. Each station had some some bigger boxes and the shoeboxes were placed inside and packed up for delivery. The bigger boxes will be put on airplanes and trucks for distribution.
The boxes are inspected before they are packed. Not much is changed but they must make sure that nothing war related or frightening is given. Volunteers fill the building and each night hundreds of bigger boxes ready themselves to go out the door.
Thank you so much to those who made this journey so meaningful. My best friend Jo was the driving force behind this idea. She has been making little shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child for many years. Please go back and read all the past articles leading up to this grand finale HERE
Jo was so excited when we decided to raise money for this project. She just took over when it came to purchasing all the items. She was a whiz and mulitiplied your dollars x’s 10. She turned $800 into 20 boxes.
Thank you Proven Winners Plants for donating $300 right up front and getting us started and being our sponsor.
Jo’s church donated with us and the folks at Morningstar UMC in Charlotte, NC gave another 32 boxes. Jo’s husband is the pastor of that church. The ladies also helped to assemble the boxes. Jo and her husband, Tim, wrapped all the boxes!
Ok—here is a list of all the bloggers who gave— and you can go back and follow our progress at all the post HERE. My children gave too and Mr D of course. Thank you all so very much. I will do it again next year!
Save your money up! It cost about $30 a box and they ask that $7 per box shipping fee is added so we included that in a separate check. I’ll reopen donations again next year about two months before today. I’ve had so much fun.
Karen @ From Paradise to Plan B
Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings
Cindy @ My Corner of Katy
Katie @ Garden of Words
Jan @ Thanks for 2 Day
Diana @ Sharing Nature’s Garden
Rebecca Sweet @ Gossip In The Garden
Shirley Bovshow @ Eden Makers Blog
Carol @ May Dreams Gardens
Gail @ Clay and Limestone
Kylee @ Our Little Acre
Catherine @ A Gardener in Progress
Leslie @ Growing A Garden In Davis
Pat@ Common Weeder
Mary Ann@ Idaho Gardener
Rosalie @ Prairie Rose Garden
Julie @ My English Country Garden
Karen @ Karen Eileen Designs
Thank you everyone for giving—This fundraiser is over. The last day to give was today, November 20th.