Monday, January 30, 2012

Coupon Inserts in 1/29 newspaper

Hi all.. if you receive the Sunday newspaper you received some good coupons for OCC shopping... on soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Watch for sales and increase the savings.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dollar Store - Valentine's Day

There are SO many cute items for the shoe boxes in the DollarTree for the shoeboxes! I love the whole theme of Valentine's Day for our shoebox children.... what a cute way to SHARE THE LOVE!

Easter stuff is already showing up too! I couldn't help myself and had to pick up a few of these ADORABLE little lamb puppets! Lambs! My favorite of the season... as we are lambs of His pasture! And a puppet? For a dollar. I couldn't resist.

Craft Gift Idea- Hair Bows

There are so many cute tutorials all over the web on how to make simple and CUTE hair clips! If you like to craft this can be an inexpensive and fun gift for the shoeboxes for girls of all ages. :)

I love that alligator clips are generally inexpensive.. whether buying a few or a LOT. (Sally's beauty supplies sells a 100 pack for around $5 if you wanna go crazy.) Ribbon is often clearanced various places. Or use odds and end silk flowers. Or felt. The possibilities are endless.

Now to some of the cute bows. Click the image to go to the instructions.

The beauty of CLEARANCE

One of my favorite ways to stretch the OCC dollar is clearance shopping! After Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter,... you can often find the BEST DEALS on items perfect for Operation Christmas Child boxes.

Here is my best find of the after Christmas season:

This was all from Michaels.... 10 cents per item from the bins.. and 90% off the wrapping paper! Pencils and journals GALORE make the perfect gift for the boxes!

Do you have a great clearance find?

Operation Christmas Child Video ~ The Philippines

Did you know many of the boxes from Klamath Falls go to the Philippines??? Mine did! How do I know? Well I paid for my box online and printed a tracking label out and put it on my box. Around a month later I received notice that our boxes had gone to the Philippines.

I had the privilege of meeting one of the volunteers from the Philippines in November and she had such AMAZING stories of how God is working there through Operation Christmas Child. I will be sharing them and many other stories here throughout the year.

But here is a video about the ministry in the Philippines.

PRAYER REQUEST: One of the volunteers in the Philippines was involved in a motorcycle accident and had 4 broken ribs... please join in prayer for complete healing and the meeting of all his needs. Thank you.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Prayer Request ~ Flooding In Fiji

From OCC ~ "Join us in prayer for Fiji, a nation supported by our affiliate office in Australia.  There is severe flooding in some areas, delaying shoe box distributions and the start of The Greatest Journey.  Pray for safety for those affected and for the hundreds of families who have been evacuated to higher ground.  Praise the Lord that in the areas not impacted The Greatest Journey is going very well."  

Also please continue in prayer for the safety of all volunteers. Pray that children's hearts are being softened and prepared for the message. And pray also for all the children who have heard the gospel.. and those that are going through the Greatest Journey.

The Power of a Simple Gift (full version)