Friday, October 15, 2010

Organizations~ Operation Christmas Child~ By Emily Ciszewski

Dedicated to Giving to the Forgotten
If you have ever wanted to give to that poor child on the TV who seems to cry out to you, then this is an awesome outlet!

How it started
In 1990, Dave Cooke sat in his living room watching TV. Seeing the abandoned children in Romania put a burden on his heart to give them love. Dave went into action and asked friends to help him fill a semi truck with gifts and head out of North Wales and off to Romania. Soon people were giving in overwhelming numbers. Now O.C.C. is all over the place. Even non Christians give because of the joy they receive when they see children in Third-World countries opening their boxes.

What your gift does
Children all over the world experience the joy of Christmas because of a simple shoe box stuffed with a few trinkets and candies. Often, the children receive small picture Bibles and other books explaining the gift of Jesus. Children who are otherwise forgotten realize someone out there cares for them!

Since 1990, over 81 million children have received a shoe box because of a couple friends feeling the love of God pushing them to fill a semi truck.
If you would like to give a child joy this Christmas - if you would love for another kid to know the happiness you've felt on Christmas day - you can.

What you can do
If you want to be apart of this amazing God-thing, get your Church family, some friends, or just your family at home to help you pack some boxes! You can make a child smile inside and out. All you have to do is pack a shoe box!
 Here are some things you can put into your shoe box.

Toys~ small dolls, small cars, slinkies, stuffed animals, jump ropes, yo-yos, etc.
School Supplies~ pens, pencils, crayons, writing pads, stamps, stickers, coloring books etc.
Hygiene Items~ toothbrush, toothpaste, combs, washcloth, etc.
Others~ ball cap, hair slips, lollipops, gum, etc.
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.)” Taken directly from Operation Christmas Child website.

Also, your shoe boxes should not include the following…
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
Also, O.C.C. asks that you send $7 or more along with your shoe box to cover shipping and other project costs.

To learn more or how to organize an event go to;
Luke 6:38
"Give and it shall be given unto you; a good measure, pressed down and shaken together, shall men give into you bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

1 comment:

  1. We do this every year it is so fun!I really enjoy doing it as well as taking Easter Baskets to the Ronald MacDonald house.