February 1, 2012

Simply Shoe Boxes ~ Sharing with Those in Need...One Shoe Box at a Time

Simply Shoe Boxes was born, first, out of my passion for helping others.  Even as a young child I found joy in sharing with others.  As I grew, when I learned a new skill, cross stitching, crocheting and ceramics for instance, I would always create things for others--never for myself.  I found much more joy in giving gifts than receiving them.  And helping someone less fortunate or going thru a trying time brought the ultimate satisfaction.  Thus, I've decided to share with others the concept of sharing with those in need one shoe box at a time and my personal journey of doing the same.

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.

Shoe boxes were only used in our OCC donations.  One year we made individual beauty item gift bags for teens at a girls' home and one year we filled back packs with school supplies for kids from abusive situations who had to leave their homes, but otherwise we gave bags or boxes of items to the charity itself.  But I've always thought how an individually wrapped shoe box full of needed and fun items alike could lift the spirit of someone in crisis.  Everyone loves to receive gifts.

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.

8 comments:

Denise Marie said...

You truly are an encouragement!

Cheryl said...

Thank you, Denise Marie. It is humbling to think my experiences and life can be an encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Wondering if you do kelloggs rewards or coke rewards points? I was able last year to get free water bottles during the summer with coke rewards for all my teen boy boxes, Also, gift cards with the kelloggs rewards. They're a bit easier with there free codes. Just wondering...

Cheryl said...

Great ideas! Coke we don't use, but Kellogg's might work for us -- use a few of those. Thanks for the ideas, I'll check into it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the coke rewards if you leave a basket at work, church, school, etc. I collect from my kids sport activities and church functions. Also, I save some of my Kellogg reward codes till they have a double period. Then enter them so I get more. So easy too. Oh other thing I wanted to mention. Kohls cares program. Certain times of year their stuffies go to $3 or less online. Really cute ones last time disney animals. Kohls cash and coupons they were practically free for the taking.

Cheryl said...

Thanks again! I did go to Kellogg's and have a couple hundred points now. I had a box of crackers and they were offering an extra 100 points. Good idea to keep them until they offer extra, thanks. I did sign up for Kohl's cash -- I got some of their bears for $2.50. We don't have a Kohl's nearby so I have to order online. Oh, and on the Kellogg's--how do you find bonus codes--the kind you don't need to buy anything for?

Anonymous said...

Sometimes bonus codes come in emails or I find new ones on totallytarget.com. They post several times a month with a list of possible codes. I just type kelloggs in their search box and the different posts pop up. Handy too for no purchase codes.

Cheryl said...

Great, thanks!

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