I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I want to show you how we prepare for the Operation Christmas Child packing party at our church. All total we had 956 dresses made for the shoe boxes. See the wrapped boxes in the top left corner? Those were all empty, and waiting to be filled at the party.
Another table of dresses.
Here they were all boxed and bagged at my home ready for delivery.
Our church spends two days setting all the supplies up for the packing party. Then in the evening lots of folks show up to walk through the lines of tables to fill up the boxes. This is the 6th year I’ve attended and it’s always a lot of fun. The packers range in age from pre-schoolers to folks in their 90’s.
A couple of ladies spent hours rolling up the dresses so they could be placed in the boxes without taking up too much room. Men from our church also make the wood cars at the top of the picture for this cause. We also pack school supplies, hygiene items and toys.
Once the boxes were filled I helped tape labels on them indicating whether it was for a boy or a girl (with cookies to help me!)
Our church packed and donated 3,156 boxes this year. Here they are, all filled up, and packed into a large truck for delivery to a collection site. The congregation that attended a Sunday evening service all came out to create lines to pass the boxes from our church lobby to the truck outside. The next morning several volunteers followed the truck and helped unload it into the collection site.
And that ended this year’s efforts from many, many wonderful volunteers.
So what am I up to now? I’ve already washed a dozen loads of donated fabric and sewn 15 dresses for next year’s packing party.