Friday, November 12, 2010

Operation Narnia

It's no secret that The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis are among my all time favorite books. It was one of the few YA/MG series that my small town library had, and I inhaled them (though not literally, inhaling a book sounds painful). This was some of the first books I can remember reading to get away from the stress of life. I felt like Narnia was a second home to me. I, too, was a Pevensie, a queen of Narnia.

When I heard that Samaritan's Purse was teaming up with the new Narnia movie, my ears perked up. Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan's Purse have always been close to my heart. Operation Christmas Child takes up donations of shoe boxes filled with goodies and sends them to children around the world who otherwise wouldn't have a Christmas. The website says, "In Narnia, it was always winter and never Christmas until Aslan arrived with hope. In the same way, simple shoe box gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items can bring hope to children around the world by reminding them they are loved and not forgotten."

I've participated for as long as I can remember. If you'd like to participate, here's what you need to do:

*Find a shoe box (I usually buy the plastic shoe boxes because the family can use it after to store things in or use to get water.)

*Decide if you want it to be for a boy or a girl and fill it with things!

*Print a label from their website and include a donation for shipping (you can pay online)

*Wrap a rubber band around your box and drop it off! (Click here for locations in your area)

Gift ideas:
small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, 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.

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)

A personal note
In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)

Things not to include:

Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

I urge you all to participate. It's easy, simple, and fun! I finished up my shoe boxes today and I'll have them ready to drop off for national collection week which is November 15-22.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds really neat. I hadn't heard of that. Thanks for highlighting it :)