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Operation Christmas Child 2017

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Operation Christmas Child collection week is here!  For the past couple of years, I've designated my proceeds from a few of my stamp sets to go towards putting together shoe boxes for this wonderful project.  A BIG thank you to all of you that purchased those sets!  YOU helped us put together 15 boxes filled to the brim with goodies!  My girls and I look forward to this project each year, planning and shopping, and of course nothing is complete unless we add a little touch of handmade, right?  Since all of you contributed to this project, I thought I'd share some photos of our boxes, and the handmade tags I created for each one, just to add a little personal touch.  

I know that so many of you put together boxes too, but in case you're not familiar with the program, it's called Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan's Purse.  They deliver boxes of goodies to children across the globe on Christmas...spreading some joy and sharing the Good News.  You can read all about it on their website HERE -- collection deadline is Monday, November 20, and you can use this page to find a collection site near you.  

We hit the store last night to fill up our boxes.  It was so fun!  It must have been the night for it...I think ninety percent of the people we saw in the store were doing the same thing.  It was like a party!  lol.  We kept running into the same groups of people in the different departments...first in the toys, then in the school supply aisle, then again in the toothbrush section.  The crayons and toothbrushes were pretty much wiped out.  :-)  We had one cart for boy boxes and another for the girls. 

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We tried to keep everything sorted into their boxes so could spread them all out and finish adding the last few things when we got home.

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I spent some time earlier this week making some tags to tuck in each box.  I like to handwrite a little note for each, just to add a personal touch.  I decided the Holiday Hugs kit from last year, along with the new Little Lift Me Ups stamp set would be perfect for this project.  As usual, you'll find a complete supply list for these at the bottom of this post.

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Each Huggable snowman is holding a large red heart, which was cut using the largest heart die from the Heart Prints set.  When you open up their arms you reveal the "Jesus loves you" sentiment from the Little Lift Me Ups set.  They look so happy, they make me smile, and hopefully they'll make their recipients (where ever they might end up!) smile, too.  They were quick and easy to put together with the pre-printed elements from the kit.  I think I might have to make some more for my Sunday School kids for Christmas treats! 

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Thanks again for contributing to this project and for letting me share the results!  Enjoy your weekend...I hope it's awesome!

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New make it band

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