In November, we start with collecting for Operation Christmas Child. The children understand that they like toys, and that other children will like getting toys, clothes, etc. as well. So we begin bringing in toys, clothes, or toiletries for the boxes. We sorted the toys, clothing, and toiletries into the 6 boxes (the number they chose this year). We could see that we needed a little more. I take the older children shopping to add a few more items to the boxes, and after $$ we have more to add to the boxes. 😏 This morning we packed the final time making sure that all the OCC boxes have enough items in them to make it fun, and have a "wow" item. We prayed over the OCC boxes asking God to direct the right box to the right child. Perhaps a child has been wishing for dinosaurs, or playdoh, or a new shirt, or a for a doll. We drove them to the collection location - Horizon Church - so they can be taken to the big warehouse and then shipped out to where ever they are going.
Every year we have taken the children to purchase frozen turkeys 🦃and donate them when The Joy FM has their drop off locations.
Our next donation for the month of November will be for Metropolitan Ministries. They collect tons of food in their holiday tent to feed the homeless, or those that don't have enough income to feed their families, pay their bills, or whatever. I have visited Metropolitan Ministries and seen the good work they do with the families that live there. They train them to have better paying jobs so they can support their families, but they also have to attend parenting classes and other classes to help them. Papa Joe and I toured that last year while taking an Infant Mental Health course. Very inspirational to see all that they are doing. We are collecting can foods and other non-perishables to take to Metropolitan Ministries next Tuesday. We will take another trip in December to donate as well.
A much needed wiggle break! They had a great time "cooking or baking" in the mud kitchen, working in the sandbox, and making music in the music area - we added a new deep tone wind chime 😁