August 28, 2019
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150 boxes for our 150th, 24 boxes to go!

Operation Christmas Child – 150 boxes for our 150th anniversary!
On our quest for 150 boxes for our 150th anniversary, we are currently at 126 boxes taken to be filled and 37 boxes returned FULL! You can still take boxes as long as they are returned by Sunday, September 15, 2019. If you haven’t taken a box yet, be sure to get one, two or more from the extended narthex and Fellowship Hall. Sign out your boxes and sign them back in when you return them. Inside each box is information to help you shop for your child, a list of things NOT to include and a brochure from Operation Christmas Child with a form to check for boy or girl and the age range and an envelope for you to place your shipping donation of $9.00 per box. Complete the form, put your check made out to Trinity Lutheran Church in envelope. Place everything in the box (or a bag if some things need to be compressed or won’t fit easily) and place under the table where you picked up your box. Watch the large posters to follow our progress and celebrate 150 gifts and years!

 

Operation Christmas Child Packing tip # 1 – Kids of all ages love balls! Small foam (Nerf-type) balls, hacky sacks, beach balls and tennis balls are great. Full size soccer balls, deflated with an air pump, make a WOW item an entire community can enjoy. If you purchase a soccer ball and pump, be sure the pump will fit in the box and we will have extra items to include with it or you can add more items yourself. Thanks for taking a shoebox/shoeboxes and filling them for kids around the world!

Operation Christmas Child Packing tip # 2 – School supplies come in multi-packs and are on sale now. Send the entire pack and we will divide items at the Packing Party or you can open the pack and place some items in your box and send the rest for inclusion with other boxes. Thanks for taking a shoebox/shoeboxes and filling them for kids around the world!

Operation Christmas Child Packing tip # 3 – Older kids can use things that can help them with a work skill. Basic tools (screw drivers, pliers, wrench – no hammers or knives, please) and fasteners could inspire a boy to take up a trade. Fishing gear (line, hooks and weights) could help feed a family. Sewing kits and fabric could help a girl learn to sew which could lead to a job to help her family. Thanks for filling a shoebox to help a kid and their family around the world!

Operation Christmas Child Packing Tip #4 – Toys and clothing that might not look significant to you may bring great happiness to a child with little or nothing of their own. Classic toys, games, and basics from the dollar stores or other discount marketers can bring a sense of pride and ownership to those with only modest possessions. Thanks for being someone’s hero by taking a shoebox/shoeboxes and filling them for kids around the world!

If you don’t have time to shop, simply make a $25 donation and
the team will shop and fill the box on your behalf!