Today my daughter and I are once again sharing the blog to talk about Operation Christmas Child. One of our very favorite charitable outreaches.
As a family we have participated for years by purchasing toys, then much to our joy we found out that Operation Christmas Child accepts handmade gifts! YAY!
Let me begin by sharing several links information you'll need to know if you are to participate in Operation Christmas Child or "OCC". OCC is run by Samaritan's Purse International Relief, a non-governmental relief organization (or an NGO as they are called). You can find ALL the information you need about donating or volunteering right here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ Remember that adhering to the guidelines means that even more children will be given a Christmas box this year! Everything has to fit in a shoe box. So think little but special. :)
In the spirit of giving my daughter has graciously gathered her favorite links to presents she's made for children in the past:
"It’s that time of year again! No, not back to school. It’s collection time for Operation Christmas Child! I can hear some of you saying “LALALALA-it’s-August-and-I-don’t-wanna-think-about-Christmas!” but this is the best time to be looking for sales! Summer toys and clothes are on clearance and school supplies are on sale! I’ve been able to find some great deals on shoe box items, but that doesn’t mean that you have to buy everything. I’ve made lots of toys for OCC over the years and here’s a few of my favorites.
The Roly Poly Cat, a perfect pocket pet for girls and boys:
These round Teddy Bears would be great for the younger kid’s boxes:
The ingenuousness of these bunnies is just phenomenal:
These dolls are modeled after a type of Japanese doll called Kokeshi (ko-KESH-ee). They’re great little babies for the younger set of boxes:
And finally, for the older kids; boys and girls, this great produce bag:"
Now I will offer my favorites. Now I'm a mom so some of my handmade presents have been more along the line of clothing, personal items, or school. (I know, not as much fun but VERY necessary.) First I'd like to thank Beverly A. Qualheim of http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/ for her invaluable work in gathering patterns for charity crafters to use! You can go to Bev's page and find ZILLIONS of fantastic patterns but I found a few that I just love and will be welcomed :) Lionbrand requires registration but all the patterns are free: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/81043AD.html A cute little tote for girls to carry back and forth to school or to the market with mom.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60031.html An adorable way to decorate flip flops... and since flip flops aren't just for girls any more remember to pick up a couple of boy colors too :)
Red heart offers this adorable crocheted cowl for kids. Make it in boy or girl colors... it would be the perfect size to fit in a shoebox. http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/kiddos-crochet-cowl
http://www.crochetspot.com/free-crochet-pattern-back-to-school-pencil-case/ Adorable unisex pencil case. (please INCLUDE the pencils... we learned to purchase good quality pencils)
How about an easy knitted Kerchief? http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/scarves/kerchief.htm
Carol Duvall's knitted play balls http://web.archive.org/web/20000815205144/www.hgtv.com/shows/CDS/cds-534.html
Okay so you don't knit or crochet but you can do some simple sewing? GREAT check these out!
http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2014/07/baby-sock-coin-purse.html Coin purse from a baby sock? Sheer genius!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2HMM1yd1YU No sew eyeglass case made from pot holders!
Of course ALL children need underwear, socks, and t-shirts. So here's a cute tie dye project using SUGAR FREE Kool Aid and vinegar! FUN!!! http://www.food.com/recipe/kool-aid-tie-dyed-t-shirts-194640
So that's all I have, probably enough right? Most of all have FUN with the joy of giving.
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