I had been SO looking forward to doing our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes this year. And had been looking forward to it since last year. I had watched a video last year AFTER I had finished our couple of boxes (we did 4 shoeboxes last year - 1 for each of our kids) and it was so inspiring and convicting at the same time. This lady did 40 shoeboxes for about $40!! She kept a box in her closet and just kept filling it up with things for the shoeboxes throughout the year. Flip-flops she picked up on clearance for 50 cents. All kinds of different FREE things from the drugstores that we couponers get - toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes. Samples of all different things. I was so inspired last year - I had just started this extreme couponing and thought "man! that would be awesome to work on it all year long and see what I end up with!" Well, we didn't get 40 boxes, but we had a GREAT time doing it! I've already started filling up my box again for next year! My kids were aware of it all year long too, so this was a great family giving project.
All of our supplies - ready to be filled!!
Packed and ready to go to a child somewhere that needs to hear the Good News of Jesus! Each box will have a gospel tract put in that's written in that child's language! Isn't that awesome! We gave our donation for shipping online so that we could track the boxes - so far we know that 4 of the boxes were delivered to Guyana, Ecuador, Belize, and Abkhazia (never even heard of that one!).