Every July we do a special collection at church to raise the funds we need for the shipping costs of our Operation Christmas Child boxes. Each box costs $7 for Samaritan’s Purse to ship. So this year with our goal being 200 boxes, we needed $1400. Our church is small and we figured that raising that much money in one month was a little overwhelming. So we started talking about it in March and asked people to start giving. Some people gave a little every month and by the time July rolled around we had already raised more than half of the $1400! God truly blessed us and we raised more than our goal which allowed us to purchase the rest of the plastic shoe boxes we needed and the socks and t-shirts as well.
Amanda and I took time to go through all of our supplies and organize as I was able to get a whole shopping cart full of toys at the beginning of July, at the Target One Spot on clearance, of course. We counted how many socks and shirts we already had and updated our toy count. We do this a couple of times a year to make sure we know what to focus on buying for our boxes. Right now we are in need of toothpaste. The past couple years we were able to get donations from a local dentist but they aren’t getting any more toothpaste samples from the manufacturer anymore. So we are going to do a special collection for toothpaste in the month of September.
One item we still need some more of is Ivory soap. Today I was at Dollar Tree picking up more combs and I realized they had Ivory soap 3 packs now! This is great because they also take manufacturer’s coupons. So make sure you get your Ivory soap for the boxes you are packing. It is the least smelly soap and it floats! You might not think about your soap floating but many children that receive these boxes bathe in rivers or lakes and that is a big benefit.
Last but not least, with the school year starting there are good deals on school supplies and soon at Target some of it will go on clearance. Last year I was able to get lots of composition books that had flexible covers that were perfect for our boxes. Make sure you check out the clearance you never know what you will find.