Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thrift Store Treasures

I love to spend time browsing through thrift stores.  You never know what you'll find.  My most recent trip landed some shoe box finds.
I love to include either a stuffed animal or doll in a shoe box.  Something to cuddle and love.  Dolls can be pricey and need to be small enough to fit into a box.  I came across these three:
Teddy bear - 25 cents, larger doll - 50 cents, curly haired doll - $1.

Other toys I discovered: skipping ropes - 85 cents and a larger car with opening doors - $1.30
These toys were all in "like new" condition, or I wouldn't have bought them.  If you look carefully enough you can find all sorts of items in great condition.  Perfect for shoe boxes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Is God calling you?

After prayerful consideration this was my last year heading up our packing party at our church and I, Tammy, will be signing off from this blog and facebook page.  It has been a pleasure and a joy to post on here! You have all been awesome!

With that said we are looking for someone from Canada to step up and take over.  If you feel God tapping you, we would love to hear from you!  

I want to thank Sonya for coming along side and helping me this past year! She has been a real blessing. She will continue to post. 

I pray that this page will continue to be a blessing so that you are able to pack more boxes allowing more children and their families and their communities to hear about the one true God! May eternity be changed forever!


Monday, November 24, 2014


Phew!  Collection week is over.  (Although you can still drop off boxes at Greyhound Depots this week).  It's so exciting to see those boxes being sent on their way.  This year our church packed 257 boxes, which is almost double what we did last year.  Click here to see a video of our packing party.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Drawstring Pencil Cases

I bought a really cute sheet set for my son's bed, but had no use for the flat sheet that came with it. My Grandma gave her time to sew these cute and easy drawstring pencil bags.  A simple shoe lace or cord makes a nice drawstring.  I thought they looked so cute!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Few Weeks to Go!!

It's almost that time of year!  Time to pull together all our projects and finds over the year and put them into boxes.  The collection date this year is November 17th - 23rd.  If you're wondering where to drop off your boxes, click here to find a collection centre near you.
Last weekend I hit a local thrift store and managed to snag 26 new skipping ropes during their buy one, get one free toy event.  Yahoo!  There's still time to snag a few deals before the collection date, so keep shopping!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shoe Box Costumes

Last year at our local shoe box collection centre, were shoe box costumes that people could try on. My boys had a lot of fun with this!  This would also be an easy Halloween costume to make (and you could fit a snow suit under there!) or a costume for a parade.  A great way to catch attention and you could hand out brochures along the way!
You can find directions to make your own shoe box costume, by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity - Processing Centres

I've had the opportunity to volunteer at the Calgary Processing Center a couple times.  It is SO much fun.  I am from Manitoba, so Calgary isn't exactly "close by", but I've managed to work some volunteer slots into a couple family of trips we've taken over the years.  It's overwhelming when you see the amount of volunteers and boxes!  A great fun and friendly atmosphere and a way to get some new ideas for your own boxes.  :)

This is an old blog post (2007!) but you can read about it if you click here.

If you want to check into volunteering yourself, click this link for more details.