Calling all Herpers! (and even the non-herpers) We need your help!
This year, The Reptile Zoo is working with Operation Christmas Child. OCC is a program created by Samaritan's Purse International Relief. Following the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), SPIR gives aid to the world's poor, sick, and suffering. Since 1970, they have provided critical relief to the victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine all over the planet. Their endeavors include Haiti, Kenya, Sudan, Cambodia, and the Amazon Basin...and thats just recently.
Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990 as a way to not only reach those less fortunate, but to aid the effort that no child should be forgotten on Christmas. Samaritan's Purse adds a "Greatest Gift of All" booklet with many of the shoeboxes, so that kids can learn about Jesus, God's greatest gift. Parents see these showboxes as well, and in turn, also learn of Jesus' love for them.
Last Christmas (2010) approximately 1.12 MILLION children from 14 countries across the world recieved special shoebox gifts. That's incredible! Hundreds of volunteers braved the rubble of Haiti, the rural villages of Romania, and even ARCTIC conditions to ensure that children living in difficult circumstances would experience the joy of receiving a gift at Christmas. Just amazing. I have personally been reading some of the stories and blogs on their website, looking at pictures, and seeing the facts....you guys HAVE to check it out and learn more, its fantastic! What an awesome and altruistic organization. Just look at these smiles:
So, here at The Reptile Zoo, we are acting as a drop-off site for you. Not only that, we will donate $1 to SPIR for EVERY box received.
Now, how do you make a box?? You will need a shoebox, or a closed container of the same size. You can wrap the box, but please wrap the lid separately. Next, distinguish if your gift is for a boy, or a girl, and what age group (2-4, 5-9, 10-14). There are convenient labels that you can print out and tape to the top of the box at the "Pack a Shoebox" website at the bottom.
Fill the box with a variety of gifts (examples on the same website...they include toys, school supplies, and hygiene items). Please also include a $7 donation to cover shipping costs (check made out to Samaritan's Purse, with "OCC" in the memo line, in an envelope inside the box). You can make one combined donation if you are donating more than one box. Finally, please place a rubber band around each box and take them to the drop off site. (Prehistoric Pets)
If you are not local, there are drop-off locations near you, just check out the site:
Note: Please DO NOT include used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy weapons or soldiers, chocolate or food, out-of-date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items (glass), or aerosol cans
The Reptile Zoo will take all of your donations (plus our donation of $1 per box) to the collection site around the end of November. Official collection dates are Nov 14-21 but we can take boxes after that as well. OCC takes donations year-round.
So come one everyone, let's make this Christmas memorable for the children of the world!
I have included the website for Samaritan's Purse, as well as the OCC link for shoebox making, plus a link for a shoebox-making video...also, make sure to look around the SPIR website, its amazing!!
So, you have the tools, now let's start creating some smiles! Thanks everyone!!!
How to Pack a Shoebox