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An Operation Christmas Child Christmas Themed Gift

Operation Christmas Child book.
Franklin Graham's Newly Released Book.
Proceeds go to help OCC.
Giving an Operation Christmas Child themed gift can be great for the right person.  You can give to the ministry while honoring the person.

My father in law married again after loosing his wife of 40+ years.  His new wife always dreamed of a big wedding--he planned one and gave her the wedding of her dream.  They love working with children, so much so that they had their whole Sunday school class (12 girls) as flower girls (my father in law bought all of their dresses for them).  They asked their guests to donate to their favorite ministry/charity instead of giving gifts.  In keeping with that wish, we have, over the past  nine years, tried to do their birthday and Christmas gifts in themes of giving or serving.

This past year we gave his wife a handmade tote bag (proceeds went to sponsor a Ugandan woman) filled with crafting supplies she could use with her "kids."  We also included some "fuel" for her--for snacks and Wendy's meals.  We have done several things like this, including gas cards for Dad as he works
tirelessly delivering furniture and food to those in need (even at 80).  This Christmas we decided to do an Operation Christmas Child themed gift.

Special order and specially designed OCC bookmark for the book above.
Proceeds from this go to OCC and Samaritan's Purse.
See Cora's Story for more on this and how to order from her.

Stuffed animals in an Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes packed in honor of parents.
We packed a shoe box in honor of each of them.
We paid for shipping online so we can let them know the 
country the boxes went to.
You may be interested in reading Why We Include a Stuffed Animal in Each of Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

We will shop in the Samaritan's Purse gift catalog for items
used for Operation Christmas Child--like the booklets handed out
with the boxes and the follow-up discipleship program.

As with their other gifts, we have tried to give them something tangible (the book and bookmark--proceeds from which happen to be giving forward, too) while also giving something in their honor.  I hope they'll enjoy receiving the Operation Christmas Child themed gift as much as I enjoyed putting it together.


Kristy said...

Love this idea and special gift!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they will!!! :o)

b3 beader said...

I feel so blessed to have been a part of this gift!
Thank You!


Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thank YOU, Cora! The book mark was the perfect touch--the frosting on the cake so to speak. It gives to them and to others! And it is a one of a kind! Thanks for designing it for me.

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