This is what I have knitted for Operation Christmas Child. A whole footballteam of teddybears.
The child can put the hand inside and move it!!
I got the idea from my fantastic niece Sonya who has been working for this organisation for a long time.
Here you can see where the gifts went last year for example. The idea is to pack a shoebox with different items and send it to children who have nothing.
If there are no places near to you to collect these boxes, contact me and I will give you an adress to my niece in England. You don´t have to pack a box. They are doing it at her town. But if you have someting you think would be nice just put it in a padded envelop and send it. Perhaps ther are some soft knitted toys or dresses for smal children you can make yourself? Here is a list of what it could be:
small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.
pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
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.)
DO NOT 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Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans
Every year we buy gifts for persons who really do NOT need anything. Why not give something this year that really makes a difference???
Look at all the boxes that made a difference last year:
Feel free to make a comment here on my blog and I will contact you!!
Merry Christmas everyone!!