Thursday, June 21, 2012
Last evening I attended a Thirty One party. If you're not familiar with the company (I wasn't) they sell various purses, totes, and organizational items. The products are nice, to be sure, but I didn't buy anything. I tend to carry my stuff in plastic bags or totes purchased from rummage sales.
I started wondering what it would be like if we could present Operation Christmas Child in this type of party format. We could have people invite groups into their homes and we'd give them a presentation about the ministry of Operation Christmas Child and maybe do a mini packing party. Instead of buying something, each person could contribute $35 to help us ship 5 shoeboxes to needy children. Of course, there wouldn't be any hostess gifts--except some sort of eternal reward.
I can waste money with the best of them at times, but Operation Christmas Child has decidedly changed my view of how I spend money. Right now, for example, I'm considering making an online purchase of thousands of pencils and they'll cost about 4 cents each. In years past I tried to hold out for a maximum price of 2 cents for each pencil but now that I need so many more I'm not sure I can get enough at the lower prices.
So as I looked at that catalog last night I realized that I could spend $35 to buy a pretty tote bag to haul my stuff or I could use that money to buy 875 pencils to put into Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
This week I heard from some of my Operation Christmas Child friends who recently went to Uganda to distribute shoeboxes that the primary reason for absence from school in that country is the lack of a pencil.
How to spend my money? It's a no brainer.
Posted by Kathy Schriefer at 4:48 AM