This post is long over due! Sorry for the delay.
This was our Sunday School's second year packing boxes.
And my first year heading it up.
Last year we packed 75 boxes. And this year our goal was 150.
Each Sunday we put an announcement in the bulletin about specific needs.
One week it was soap and wash cloths, the next week toys.
This seemed to work better than just asking for general donations.
Heading it up was an act of faith.
When we started in Sept we had no money to spend. I had been buying all year and had donated everything left over from packing my boxes at home. But it was not nearly enough to fill 150 worth. So we trusted that God would provide. And provide he did! Every week we would recieve donations in our donation box and also monetary donations. And amazing deals were also placed in our path.
But how much do you need for filling 150 boxes?
Somethings were easy. 150 boxes= 150 toothbrushes, wash cloths, soap, school supplies,bags of candy etc. But fillers were the challenge. But we wanted to make sure all the boxes were full. As each child will only recieve one box in their life time.
We set up the night before. And thanks to the help of someone wonderful friends, a great husband and our kids, 2 1/2 hours later we were done. All that was left to do was to pray. Pray we had enough, pray that the kids would have a great morning filling boxes, that our kids would see it is better to give than to receive and pray for the precious children who will be receiving the boxes.
Sunday morning came. And everyone was excited to see our fellowship hall filled with goodies to pack.
(Sorry the pictures are so yellow. I edited them and now that I uploaded them they're yellow again.)
One of the best things we did was to give each child a shopping bag, to put their items in. This was easier than carrying around their box, and they didn't have to go back to their box right away. Which made things go a bit faster.
And we ended up with boxes that we overflowing!
We had them fill out About Me Papers which you can find on the OCC Canada website. They are great papers which the kids had fun filling out. Next year we will have the kids fill these out at home, because we were really tight for time. And with the younger ones, which was probably at least 1/3, couldn't do it on their own.