July 12, 2013 at 10:04am
Christmas Wishes in West Africa
Our “Gifts from the Heart” shoe box promotion has been such a blessing over the last few years to countless people! The gifts that are donated are sent to orphans, widows, the suffering and those alone throughout the areas we serve.
Who puts them together? They come in from churches, schools, businesses, families, individuals, and children! What a neat way to get your family involved and a great way to teach your children what a blessing it is to give. The mission of this project is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to people in need around the world, and together with you, we can be the hands and feet of our Lord and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Also note that there is NO CHARGE FOR SHIPPING.
Now is a great time to start saving your empty shoeboxes or small plastic containers (they are available at your local Dollar Store or Family dollar). Please wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the individual who will receive your gift.
Decide who it will go to. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, man or a woman. Please write who it is for and the age on the top of the wrapped box in marker.
Fill the box with a variety of new gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and drop it off at International Children’s Fund before November 15th. You can also send your shoebox gift to: Gifts from the Heart, International Children’s Fund, 619 Main Street, Neenah, WI 54956.
Books - Bibles
TOYS- Small cars, balls, dolls, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, (they have these at Hobby Lobby) toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES - Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS - Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
OTHER - Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries),container of peanut butter and a large candy bar.
A PERSONAL NOTE - You may also add a note of encouragement, hand drawn pictures from your children and scripture verses. NOTE: please do not add your full name or address for privacy reasons.
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
If you will be so kind to consider doing this, International Children’s Fund will provide FREE SHIPPING and you can be assured that a worthy recipient will receive and appreciate your gift!
With warmest wishes and in faithful partnership!
Questions, feel free to email Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 920-729-5721.