Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Clearance is Coming!!

Already going at craft stores, Monday the real sales begin! Walmart and Rite Aid and Fred Meyer will mark theirs down on Monday, generally at 50% off! Friday or Saturday it should go to 75% off at Walmart. This is a great time to get cute stuffed animals, from bunnies to puppies to chicks to my VERY FAVORITE: lambs! But you can also get pencils, cups, stickers, notepads, small toys, and hard candy.

Happy Shopping! And have a joyous weekend as we celebrate the most precious gift Jesus gave to us.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Jesus Loves Me Pom Pom Critter Craft

Ahhhh something from my youth.... and a fun and easy craft for all ages!! I thought for Valentine's Day we could make something for our shoeboxes! Something FUN.


The instruction for THESE pom pom critters can be found at

I thought this would be even MORE cute for the shoeboxes if you included a tag of Jesus Loves Me ribbon. There are many types available online... but here is one sample available from Hobby Lobby:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Trunk or Treat Promotion

Trunk-or-Treat looked a little different at Sunset Canyon Baptist Church in Texas thanks to Sarah. She decorated her trunk with OCC goodies and handed out buttons, stickers, and more as her treats! 

What a GREAT IDEA!!! I would give out candy as well with stickers and brochures to all.. and perhaps go boxes and additional info for those who are interested! The timing couldn't be better!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dancing Ribbons

Wow.. it has been a LONG time since I posted.. but it is time to start again. I hope you agree. We have a LOT going on here in Klamath Falls.... and there are tons of great ideas all over the web.. and it is DEFINITELY time to start thinking OCC again!

If you don't know what Operation Christmas Child is, click the tab at the top of the page to learn more....

Now for a lovely craft idea by Linda L. an OCC fan I met on FB. I love this!!

Now that you have seen them, you probably want to make these for your box as well. Right? They are so precious and will be so much fun for the child who receives them. And you could do many variations! Painting the rod, multiple ribbons, etc. 

Here are her instructions:

Basically it is a 3/8th inch x 12 inch wooden dowel with an eye screw in one end. Then I attached a rather large jump ring onto that eye screw. Then a key ring. I slid on a jingle bell onto another jump ring and put that on the key ring. Then I just tied the ribbons on the key ring. Cut the ends and added fray check to all ends. Rolled up and voila!! (Pins are not for the box) The ribbon is about 2 1/2 - 3 yards for older kids. About 1 1/2-2 yards for younger kids.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Clearance is HERE

And now is the time!!! Walmart, Fred Meyers, Rite Aid, grocery stores, stores of ALL kinds have their Easter stuff on CLEARANCE!!! Most places will be 50% off today and keep going down and down in prices.

What can you get???

Stuffed animals!!! The stores are full of small stuffed animals, sized for an Easter basket they are perfect for the shoeboxes. Bunnies abound, but you can find all kinds, including MY favorite, lambs! Walmart's should be 1.49 today... and IF they make it to 75% they will be 74 cents but they often sell out before then.

CANDY! Remember, hard candy only... no chocolate. (Leave that to treat yourself.)

Small toys! Of all kinds... sidewalk chalk eggs, balls, etc.

School supplies. Yup, pencils and erasers and notebooks all themed for Easter. Bunnies, yes, but SOMETIMES items with christian themes as well.

Extras- cups, tshirts, etc.

And what about those eggs??? Well, they will probably go deeper in sales but what do we do with them??

There are tons of ideas! I love this one I found on ClipWithPurpose's pinterest page

All over the web are ideas on how to make maracas or shakers with plastic eggs. Or how about a mini sewing kit. For TONS of ideas check out pinterest and especially this board:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Clearance for Operation Christmas Child coming SOON

First I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed weekend as we remember what our Savior did for us on the cross and in His resurrection.

As you head to the stores this next week, consider purchasing some Easter Clearance items for your shoebox. In years past I have found wonderful stuffed animals, small and adorable, designed to fit in an Easter basket they fit perfectly in a shoebox. Walmart's Easter plush start at 2.97 so at 50% off (as is typical immediately after Easter) they are 1.49... IF you can get them when they go to 75% off they are only 74 cents, but they often sell out before that point.

Other things you might find include cups, pencils, erasers, small toys, notebooks, and more... sometimes with Christian themes. And don't forget the possibility of picking up hard candy for the boxes as clearance.

Each store paces their sales differently, so begin watching now and keep watching in the weeks to come. You may find a treasure for a child that will speak to their heart your love and the love of Jesus.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Child's Giving Heart

I have shared many times that I got started with Operation Christmas Child many years ago when my kids were little. It was a blessing to do so and I have many memories of seeing my children WANT to give.

One of the main reasons this program is so dear to my heart is that it not only touches the heart of children overseas, but also right here, developing in OUR children a tender heart that desires to give and that is thankful for their own blessings. I watched that develop in my young children and have seen that continue now as they are older teens.

Today this was posted on Operation Christmas Child's Facebook page and I had to share as it speaks to this so beautifully:

>A 4 year old went shopping with his grandma, and together they made 2 boxes. A couple of days later he asked his mom "Why don't those kids have any toys?" His mom explained about poverty and sharing. Then he wanted to pretend that his mom was a needy child, and he went around the house choosing toys, and giving them to her. He commented, "I have a lot of toys." A couple of hours later, he said to her, "We need to pack more boxes. Seven more." She said, "You mean five more to add to the two you already made?" And he insisted, "No, 7 more!"

This year, take the time to pack a shoebox with your child and watch their heart bloom with love for others. You can learn more by reading about OCC here or at Samaritan's Purse's website.

If you are in Klamath Falls you can also join us this fall at our FIRST Community Wide Packing Party... even if you don't have the means to give, bring your child and let them pack a shoebox for a child in need... they can draw a picture or write a letter to include... and partake in the joy of giving. Details will be posted here as we get details locked down.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Distribution Video from April 4th in Pampanga

 So blessed with each video and picture to see the love of God going forth to these precious children. Remember, the distributions will be continuing for months... keep praying and rejoicing for our God is doing great works! (I especially love the pictures of the students doing the Greatest Journey Discipleship books!)

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Sadly our KMart here in Klamath Falls is closing... but in that circumstance is a possibility for great deals. Sales are already underway but clearance prices will only accelerate as the closing date approaches. Plus, toys, clothes, school supplies, flip flops, candy, filler, washcloths, and practical items might all be available at great prices. I pray that we will find the great deals that will bless many many children. Happy Shopping!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Klamath Falls FIRST ANNUAL Community Wide Packing Party THIS YEAR

For a LONG time God has been building in me a desire to have a community wide packing party here in Klamath Falls. This year is the year we begin!!

                    First Annual
        Community Packing Party

          Klamath Falls Oregon

This year, for the first time in Southern Oregon, we will have a community packing party, right here in the Klamath Basin, in OCTOBER, location and date to be announced.

Our prayer is that this packing party will be a blessing HERE in the Basin. It will be an opportunity for individuals and families to come and pack a shoebox, whether they can afford to do so on their own or not and to experience the joy and blessings of giving to children in need and to participate in the sharing of Christ’s love around the world.

We pray also that it will be an opportunity to share with many throughout our area that our God is a living and active God as they hear the stories of the work God is doing through Operation Christmas Child. 
This will be a time for us to come together, from around the Basin, and to work together in carrying out the Great Commission!

If you want to help, if you have items to donate, or if you just want more information, come to one of our informational meetings or leave a message here or visit us on Facebook at OCC Southern Oregon! I will keep this page updated about all upcoming meetings and any info as we make plans.

So when are our first meetings??? Friday April 4th at 6:30 pm and Saturday April 5th at 1pm at Calvary Chapel Klamath Falls. Come to either one to learn more and to get involved.