My sewing time is divided between my shop and charity. My online Knitrx Sews shop is where I do a lot of rug weaving, knitting, and of course sewing.
My charity giving is mainly to Operation Christmas Child.
I believe we all need to feel we are loved and have hope. I partner with Operation Christmas Child and Samaritans Purse because this program fulfills these two needs. I create and collect filler items for shoe boxes that are sent around the world to children that rarely if ever receive gifts let alone a Christmas present!
Most of these children live in hard places, in hard times and situations that we can not fully fathom in our country. All shoe box gifts are sent in Jesus name and are an opportunity to share the gospel message of hope to these children beyond the gifts and trinkets in the shoe boxes. Please visit the Samaritans Purse website to read the complete details of this program.
Here is a quick list of what goes into a shoe box:
One “Wow” item. Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box! Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes.
More suggestions to fill your shoe box:
Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), tote bags etc.
Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back. If you talk to volunteers that personally distribute these boxes or hear testimonies from children that are now grown that received a box you will find that these personal notes are very precious gifts and highly valued. They express love at a personal level, an acknowledgment that someone somewhere loves them and thinks of them. That’s what this program is all about… being Jesus to those who He loves!
Here is a glimpse of a few items I made and collected for shoe boxes last year:
Blue Jean Tote Bags
Couple doz. “pillow case dresses”
I found lots of new hats on clearance
and tons of stuffed animals at garage sales.
All my garage sale finds went straight into the washer on hot with the same dryer treatment. I figured if they couldn’t stand this tough cleaning they weren’t tough enough for a new owners tough lov’in! There wasn’t one stuffed animal or doll that didn’t come out looking almost brand new ready to be a friend to a child!
Our church is one of many collection sites across the USA. We also pack boxes from “filler item” donations that come in throughout the year from our church members. Last years goal was to fill 500 boxes. Almost 600 boxes were filled!
So whats with the title of this post you may ask? 84 what?
84 jean tote bags! It’s the beginning of my Operation Christmas Child hand made filler items for 2017.
Every item that is bought or made counts and is important to bring Good News and Great Joy to children around the world!
Here are a few ideas to help you create an item that kids will enjoy when they open their shoe box! Find your passion, skill or talent and share it with others because we all need to know we’re loved but it’s soooo much better to give than to receive!
till we meet again-know that God loves you!