… just a box…

On this rainy day in Virginia, I thought I’d take a moment to share what Jim and I did this past weekend.

Operation Christmas Child Processing CenterEver hear of Operation Christmas Child?  It brings joy and love to millions of children in need every year through a simple shoebox packed with toys and candy.  Our church has taken part in it for many years, through collecting boxes packed by families.  Last year, we took on our first whole-church effort, and were able to pack more boxes.  This year, we doubled that number!  It really gets the Christmas spirit moving when you pack these boxes, and know that on the other end, you’re going to bring joy to someone who might have little joy in their lives.

This past weekend, Jim and I, along with another member and my nephew, went down to Charlotte to volunteer at one of their processing centers.  Wow!!!  That’s about all I can say.  What an incredible effort this organization goes through each year through the collection of the boxes, all the way to the distribution to those in need.  The warehouse was filled over 1000 volunteers, all there to help get the boxes ready to ship.  We met volunteers from all over the country, who had come to Charlotte – some for  a week or more – just to volunteer.  I tell you, we were just plain pooped at the end of our shift, but I don’t think that any of us were upset about it.

Take a look at all the incredible work they do on their website – http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/ – and think about doing a shoebox or so yourself next year.  I warn you, it can be addicting!  I’m already planning for the church-wide effort next year, and will begin purchasing for the boxes right after Christmas!  Just call me crazy…

It’s really just a shoebox filled with stuff – or is it?

Happy stitchin’!

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