Yesterday I invited all the older elementary and middle school kids that help me in the church’s preschool department over to our house. We had taco soup, the cheeseball from heaven, the magically delicious corn dip and some chocolate chips cookies! We weren’t really there for the food. We were really there to get our CRAFT ON!
I’ve been saving t-shirts ever since Lydia went to camp and took that fabulous Tshirt Upscycle class. I wanted to make all kinds of cool t-shirt crafts so we could put them in our Operation Christmas Child boxes this year! (We’re hoping to pack 40 boxes this year!)
We worked mainly on necklaces, scarves, skirts and super hero capes. Yes, you can make all four of those things from t-shirts and it doesn’t require any sewing! (Here’s some tutorials we tried yesterday!)
It was so fun seeing all the kids on the floor working on their projects. It’s one of my favorite things–helping kids (of any age) see how easy and fun it is to do something for others and for God.
We ended the day climbing the rocks in our backyard and trying out our crazy high tire swing. And there was some hot chocolate in there, too!
Today marks the first day of the National Packing Week for Operation Christmas Child 2014. If you’ve never packed a shoebox, I strongly challenge you to do one this year!! Just one box! Take your kid to the dollar store and buy what you can. It’s so easy and so fun! (My kids are packing boxes right now before school!)
I cannot overstate how amazing the organization of Operation Christmas Child is or how much they truly see each box as one child and one opportunity for the Gospel. This small gift can do so much! It’s a vehicle God uses to send His love to people in some of the darkest places.
Last year I read Franklin Graham’s book about the history of Operation Christmas Child and sobbed through most of it. Each short chapter tells the story of a box that changed the life of a child–or the life of the giver! It is stunning how God uses these small gifts full of dollar store items to do honest-to-goodness miracles in lives around the world. And even cooler? YOU CAN BE A PART OF ONE OF THOSE MIRACLES!!
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