Last week a woman called to say she wanted to donate "9 tubs" of "brand new Beanie Babies & Beanie Buddies (larger versions)" for our Operation Christmas Child packing party. Today I finally made arrangements to pick them up and went to her home to get them.
Sweet Mary had wrapped each of them in tissue paper and kept them lovingly stored in plastic tubs. I know she expected them to make her millions one day but I tried to tell her that her investment will reap rich rewards as they bring joy to children who may have never received a gift in their life.
We unwrapped each of them and counted them into bags--all except for the two she bought in Las Vegas and just had to keep. The grand total for those of you who've been making guesses on Facebook is ...... (drum roll)......
That's 416 more boxes we can pack at our Operation Christmas Child packing party on September 24th. That's 416 more children who will have a toy to hug and a chance to hear the message that God loves them. That's 416 answers to prayers.
Not a bad investment.