February 24, 2012

Blog Intro: Clip With Purpose ~ Saving for Operation Christmas Child All Year Long

Clip With PurposeI have shared several times on my site Simply CVS how I use my CVS shopping to fill shoe boxes each Christmas for children around the world thru Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child project (check out what my daughter Sarah and I got at CVS through out the year of 2011 thru my CVSing).  Many readers were interested in the program so I asked Jessica, a year round Operation Christmas Child (OCC) volunteer, to give us some information on the program and to introduce her year round OCC blog, Clip With Purpose, where she helps her readers save more and pack more.  Here is her guest post I originally shared at Simply CVS.
In Romania, Courtesy of Samaritan's Purse
"If you were a child living in conditions such as war, poverty, natural disaster, disease or famine, what gift would you be most thankful for?"

This was the question posed on the Operation Christmas Child Facebook page last week. There were all sorts of answers: teddy bear, new clothes, a note from someone who loves me, etc. What do you think they'd love to have? Well, whatever it is, the wonderful news is that YOU have the
opportunity to send a gift to child living in exactly these kinds of conditions and make a huge difference in their lives! All you have to do is participate in Operation Christmas Child this year!

Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, has brought joy and hope to over 86 million needy children around the world since 1993. And, they do it in such a simple & brilliant way. People, like you and me, fill a shoebox with gifts for a either a boy or girl aged 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Then, during National Collection Week (November 12-19, 2012), we drop off our shoebox along with a suggested $7 per box donation. Operation Christmas Child takes the shoebox from there and delivers it to needy children even in the farthest corners of the earth.

To check for a drop off location in your area, simply enter
your zip code here. There are over 2,500 drop off locations
nation-wide, so there should be one near you! {Note:  this is only available in late fall.}

Some of the recommended items to include in shoe boxes are hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush), small toys, stuffed animals, school supplies, and a personal note from you to the child.  These gifts may seem simple, but it's truly amazing how much these small gifts mean to the children who receive them. For example, Betty a 10 year old in Uganda, began to cry when she received her shoebox gift. When volunteers asked her why she was crying she said she could not believe all these things inside the box belonged to her. She shared how she had not been able to attend school because she did not have a pencil before now.

You can find many more stories like these on my website, Clip with Purpose. Clip with Purpose is a website I've created to help people pack shoe boxes on a budget. My hidden agenda is that I hope people will be able to pack more than one shoebox if they can save some money on the gifts they buy for them! In addition to sharing stories about Operation Christmas Child, I highlight the best deals for shoebox items each week at a wide variety of national stores, share craft ideas for shoeboxes, plus give lots of tips on packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. There's a great community of people sharing ideas and deals on the Clip with Purpose Facebook page as well. I hope you'll stop by and say hello!

Jessica combines her love for great deals and Operation Christmas Child on her blog, Clip with Purpose. In 2011 she challenged herself to pack 6 shoeboxes with just $10

Jessica is a year-round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in Colorado and a member of the OCC blogger panel.  All posts are Jessica's own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Samaritan's Purse. She is not an employee, agent, or contractor of Samaritan's Purse."

I found Jessica's blog shortly after she started it and have been enjoying following it and finding great ways to fill more boxes.  I hope you'll stop by her site or Facebook page and see if she has information that will help you in sharing more.

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