February 1, 2012
Simply Shoe Boxes ~ Sharing with Those in Need...One Shoe Box at a Time
Operation Christmas Child is the program that got me interested in making shoe box gifts full of necessities and niceties for those in need or crisis. "The concept of Operation Christmas Child began on 10 October 1990, when Dave and Jill Cooke of Wrexham, Wales were watching a broadcast on Romanian orphanages. They asked the question: How can we help the real
victims, the children, who live in these situations day after day? They knew they could not stop the wars, but they could offer something – the gift of love. Together, they filled a convoy of nine trucks with medical supplies, food, clothing and Christmas gifts for children, and headed into Romania, which had recently been devastated by war. This was the beginning of the world’s largest children’s Christmas program."
"In 1993, Franklin Graham, International President of Samaritan’s Purse, adopted Operation Christmas Child. Since then, more than 94 million shoe boxes have been delivered to hurting children in more than 135 countries."* That first year we packed a box or two with our young daughters and dropped them off at a local Wendy's, the collection center in our area that year. Since then we have packed boxes all but one year that I can remember. Besides Operation Christmas Child (OCC), we have donated to dozens of charities including those that help women in crisis situations, men in crisis situations, medical missions, natural disaster victims and many more.
Between couponing, rebating and earning money online, I have been able to have more to share more. And it is my personal challenge to try and make my donations more personal, like the OCC boxes. Simply Shoe Boxes will challenge me each day I visit it to find more places that will accept individual gifts for the people they service and to bring joy into people's lives one shoe box at a time.
On my other site, Simply CVS, I often mentioned where I was donating an item I got at CVS. Many readers enjoyed those posts and some encouraged me to share more in depth about giving thru deal shopping. This is the second reason I began Simply Shoe Boxes.
So thank you for stopping by today and I hope you find something that will bring joy to your life or that will encourage you in your own sharing.
*From the OCC website.
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