Operation Christmas Child

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I have knitted beanies and hats for my little family over the last few years. They have worn them once, maybe twice and then the articles have ended up in the ‘never to wear again’ box. I still have quite a bit of yarn left and last week I picked up blue and white and declared I would knit my husband a scarf. He does not like blue. It is the colour of the rival states Rugby League team. He told he would wear it at least once. I took the scarf off the loom. That is when I decided, I would knit for Operation Christmas Child.

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The Scarf

Every year the Craft Club women at church knit little beanies and toys to put in the shoeboxes. They display their items on the table and whoever wants it can take it. This year, I will be making my own. Considering the boxes get collected in October, I have time.

children stacking boxes at church in 2013

children stacking boxes at church in 2013

So what is Operation Christmas Child? It is the brainchild of a charity organisation called Samaritan’s Purse. They put out a call every year for people to collect items for children that would fit in a shoebox and drop it off or send it to one of the collection points. These boxes are then taken over to be given to thousands of children who would otherwise not receive a Christmas present.

There is a definite guide to how you pack the box. Follow this link to the Australian site for a .pdf file for ideas. There is a request to include a processing fee for the boxes. In Australia, it is $9 and I believe in the US, it is $7. Samaritan’s Purse, however, often receive boxes without any money in it and they still send those boxes to the children. They have to recover the cost through their normal donations.

Operation Christmas Child Australia & New Zealand

Operation Christmas Child USA

Operation Christmas Child UK

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Review: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

Book Cover

Book Cover

 

It sounds weird when you here kids start talking and they mispronounce words. My little Miss 2 calls Milk – nilky. It bugs me when I hear her but I know now that I can’t push her. She will learn the right sound as long as I say the right sound.

There’s a Wocket in Pocket is all about mispronounced words to make then rhyme with a right word. In this context, it’s actually fun. The story is about a little boy who has all sorts of creatures living in his house. There is Nooth Grush on the tooth brush, a ghair beneath the stair, a vug under the rug and a Zillow on his pillow. The little boy finishes the story with “I hope we never leave it” indicating he actually loves his house as is with all the creatures in it.

Noothgrush

Noothgrush

We received this book as a present from Mom for my 2 year old. She enjoyed hearing about the different creatures and the rhyming style so traditional to Dr Seuss was an attention grabber. Now a days there are so much other than just reading books available for this title. Little ones would enjoy the associated activities as well.