I got rid of 6 boxes today and I haven’t even moved yet.
I have been a volunteer for Operation Christmas Child since 2007. I stopped volunteering when I got married the 2nd time. But, I still love to make shoe boxes. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry started by Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham) in which we put shoe boxes together with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to give to needy children in other countries. The children also have the opportunity to take a class (in their own language) to learn about Christianity and have the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior. Anyway, the boxes are collected every year in November and I work on them all year long. I had 23 shoe boxes ready to go and did not want to take them to Arizona. I could have mailed them to Boone, Nortb Carolina (I think) but that would be expensive, so, I got a hold of someone local with Operation Christmas Child who is willing to keep them in her shed
until Collection Week. They filled four medium sized moving boxes. If you would like more information, you are welcome to look up Samaritan’sPurse.org or Operation ChristmasChild of Samaritan’s Purse. If you don’t wish to make a shoe box, they do take donations to cover the cost of shipping and if you don’t have time to shop; you can even make them online. I love the Ministry and may even rejoin as a volunteer when I get settled in Arizona.
A box I mailed today went to a friend whose Birthday is on Sep 6th. She doesn’t mind it a little early and it will take 7-10 days to get there, so it will be close. (I have another friend, let’s call her ‘Tree’ who gives me my Birthday and Christmas presents early; just so she doesn’t have to mail them. When I visited CA in March, she gave them to me then, for this year! Most of what she gives me isn’t new, but, that’s for another post.)
The last box that went out today was Lifestation. Both times I fell, it wasn’t at home, plus, I keep my cell phone nearby and never wore the wristband so it was pretty useless anyway. It’s good, in theory and reasonable for $35. a month with no contract, but I guess it’s like any other insurance where you keep paying but hope you never have to use it.