Thursday, August 27, 2015

O.C.C. birthday party

A few weeks ago, we were closer to downtown and happened to have a goodie bag in the van that we were able to bless a homeless gentleman with.  L said wouldn't be cool to have a party to make bunches of homeless bags, then she came up with the idea of making them for children in Africa, which led to her idea of creating Operation Christmas Child boxes for her birthday.  She said, she didn't need anything so why not make gifts for others.  Talk about a proud parent moment.
For her tenth birthday, we invited every girl from 3-6th grade from church plus a few of her best friends not from church and several of the girls' big sisters, 17 girls in all came to create boxes.  We had pizza, big sisters did manicures and pedicures, made rainbow loom bracelets for the boxes, jumped on the trampoline, watched an American Girl movie and stuffed 19 boxes to ship to Operation Christmas Child.  
On her actual birthday, Ben and I were unable to take off, which we have always done in the past and when she realized she wouldn't be opening tons of presents, she seemed a little bummed.  But, after the party she did tell me that it was the best thing she had done.  Amen.  Since her party she has collected supplies from other friends, including Connor from Florida.  We are up to 23 boxes to ship to Samaritan's Purse.

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