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Sunday, December 2, 2012

It’s Not Too Late for Operation Christmas Child




Did you have dreams back in October about filling up a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child? 
Did November roll around and you were getting excited about buying all those little goodies for a boy or girl?

Did the busy-ness of life come at you like all those Black Friday commercials and fliers and you missed the drop-off dates, or never got your purchases made?


Here is your chance to still participate and reach across the globe and spread Christmas cheer to a child in need.

If you want to still fill a box, there are 6 regional drop-off locations with dates as late as December 31, or the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, NC which accept boxes year-round (I didn’t know that!!).  You can personally deliver your box or ship it to the addresses listed by clicking the highlighted words above.   Here are some photos from Boone, courtesy of my friend Kristan, whose husband works for Samritan's Purse.  These boxes are on their way to Africa.








There is also another amazing and fun option: 


For $30 you can go online and customize your box.  Begin by selecting either a boy or girl and the age range for your particular shoe box.  Select one of two featured toys, then four more toys to go in the box.  You can choose two personal items that will be added to a bevy of essential s.  Finally, upload a photograph and a personal note to your child.  Pay and you are done.  It’s that easy and doesn’t even require to change out of those yoga pants or brush your hair.

Are you looking for a gift that makes a difference.  You can gift this option to another person and let them Build-A-Box.

Of course, there is always the Samaritan’s Purse GiftCatalog.  You can buy anything from animals, to medicines, to a fishing boat and change a life – or many lives.  

Many thanks to Samaritan’s Purse for giving me this opportunity to partner with them this Christmas season.  I also want to thank them for the beautiful Christmas ornament I received at the Allume Social Conference in October.  They were a generous and gracious sponsor of this event.  Go show them some love.

How are you making a difference this Christmas season?  Please tell me in the comments.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you!!! It didn't know you can build a box!!!

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    1. I didn't either until just a few days ago. This is such a great idea.

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  2. Love love love this! Thanks for helping me feel reconnected to the most wonderful time of year!

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    1. Well, of course, it's Christmasy!! I hope that you and everyone around you is able to celebrate this year and regain some sense of normal.

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  3. I love what you are doing through this space, Amy! It's exciting to see God using you. We are doing many different things, but a new one that I am excited about is working with a local mission to provide gifts to needy children in Rochester. Linds had fun picking out a gift for a girl her age. So much of what we do is international and it has been good to be personally involved in our backyard!

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    1. You know I love going local!! This is so much of what I want this space to be about. It's exciting to be "a useful engine".

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  4. Our church in Downey, CA has been doing this for the past 3 years. Our very small congregation managed to assemble nearly 200 of these this year. I hope it makes a difference in the world.

    By the way, one of my dearest friends, who passed away in 1995, was named Tilson. He lived in Maryville, TN. He made a big impact on my life and I miss him a great deal, as do the many friends he had. Since Tilson doesn't seem like all that common of a name I thought you might be related.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Not sure about the relation, it might be possible, though. our families are only about 2 hours from Maryville up in VA. You'll think this is funny: My MIL's middle name is Arlee. You are only the second I've ever heard of. I think every single box makes a difference, especially to the child that receives it. 200 is amazing!

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    2. Arlee is a pseudonym. It's actually a conglomeration of my first and middle names--Robert Lee. I wanted something more unusual and it kind of fit.

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  5. I love this, Amy! I had no idea about the online packing option. Totally passing this along :)

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    1. Thanks!! I saw the tweet you sent. I'm sure Samaritan's Purse appreciates it as well. I think the online option is brilliant and hadn't seen it before either.

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