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Christmas in July: Operation Christmas Child

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Did you get a chance to visit Molly’s My Audio School site this week? My Audio School allows parents and children to listen to audio books, watch historic movies, and radio shows right from a computer, burned to a CD, or downloaded to MP3 or iTunes. Thank you Molly for providing one of our readers a free subscription for year!

For our final week of Christmas in July we have some fun things planned:

Facebook Christmas in July Party Tuesday night! That’s right…from 8:00 until 9:00 PM EST we’ll be celebrating with more giveaways and sharing Christmas tips, recipes, and fun. Do me a favor? Let all your friends know! Join us on Facebook!

Christmas is not Christmas in my home unless we have packed shoeboxes for Samaritian’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child. Every year the kids and I say we want to do more, give more. This year we started in January, determined to pack and give as many boxes as we can to brighten the lives of children around the world. We have saved every shoe box and a basket full of kids meal toys and school supplies to give us a good start. Here’s a picture of a  shoebox the kids and I packed  few years ago. (Please note the hand sanitizer pictured was removed. No liquids can be packed.)

The goal this year at Operation Christmas Child is to reach 100 million children–100 million children receiving a shoebox filled with items many of us would consider part of our everyday lives, yet true blessings to children in other parts of the world. A few years ago my son and I worked at the Atlanta distribution center and were both amazed and humbled by the organization. At the end of our four-hour shift both of us wanted to stay and work more. Sorting and packing boxes through tear-filled eyes that afternoon, I saw the hands of Christ at work and the love by which each box had been filled. Seeing thousands upon thousands of boxes loaded onto trucks to be flown to countries I will likely never visit, I pictured the joy of the children. Thinking about the seeds of the Gospel that would be planted made me want to shout “hallelujah” from my workstation.

It doesn’t seem possible a shoebox could make the life a child better, but it can. As we enter back-to-school season it’s a great time to pick up a few extras to fill a shoebox…or two…or three.  Crayons, notepads, pencils and sharpeners, highlighters, pencil box, flashlight with batteries, construction paper pads, glue sticks, markers, stickers, and coloring books are some items that will be on sale. Items for high school age boys and girls are always needed: solar calculators, stick deodorant, sewing kits, screwdriver sets or small tools, cord, rope, socks, t-shirts, wash cloths, soap, toothbrushes. You can watch the video on how to pack a shoebox if you want further details. November 12 – 16, 2012 are shoebox drop-off dates at selected churches and sites around the United States. For those of you near one of the processing centers, phones lines open August 6th to take reservations for service. Yes, this is one ministry where people make reservations to help–and the spots fill in record time.

Stay up-to-date on Operation Christmas Child by following on Facebook.

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 32 years and have four children ranging in age from 17 to 28. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading, studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

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Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 32 years and have four children ranging in age from 17 to 28. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading, studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

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