January 17, 2017

January Item of the Month for OCC Shoeboxes ~ Hats, Gloves & Scarves

Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month for JanuarySamaritan's Purse has suggested items of the month for packing Operation Christmas Child, and for January that is Hats, gloves and scarves.

Now, many people are concerned about sending these items as they aren't sure if their boxes will be going to a country that seems cold to us like the Ukraine, or one that seems hot to us like Uganda.  There's a couple things to keep in mind about this:

  1. There are times of year in most countries that feel cold to those who live there.  We knew people who were missionaries in Chad, Africa, and the nationals sometimes got cold/sick in the "winter" season.
  2. I remember a story my dad tells about an exchange student who was visiting Ohio in summer from the Caribbean.  They were at a church softball game, the Ohioans were all very hot, while he was wearing a jacket, so "cold" is somewhat relative.
  3. These items can have various uses-a scarf can be decorative.  A hat can protect from the sun.  Gloves can be uses as work gloves or oven mitts.
If you'd like to include these items in your box(es) you can look in stores (they may soon be discounted), or you can craft your own, here are some tutorials my mom has written over the years for these type of items:

Photos courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

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