Saturday, November 23, 2013
OTRA & LOPP
First I had to hit the grocery store and do some coupon shopping to net me enough gas points for 30 gallons of free gas. Then I put gas in the car, lugged the 3 extra 5-gallon cans of gas home and to the garage, and headed out to visit Operation Christmas Child relay centers (after putting all the extra GO boxes I had in my car.)
On the way I stopped at Staples to use a coupon to get a deal on toilet paper (you might think that wasn't necessary, but, yes, it was) and then at our storage container where I loaded left over shoe box items into my minivan. My plan was to take those items to the relay centers so they could pack extra boxes.
I was surprised, though, to find that the relay centers had all their boxes done and in cartons and one had them all loaded into their truck already. No one needed GO boxes or leftover items.
So after my little 60 mile jaunt I headed to our collection center in Erie to help unload a truck coming in from our relay center in Meadville. Well, I didn't actually help unload--I just wrote numbers on cartons in the truck while I watched the snow fall.
At 1:30 I headed home with a plan to have a private LOPP (Left Over Packing Party) because I didn't want to haul all that extra stuff back to the storage container.
My faithful OCC team member, Pam Niedhammer, called to give a report on the relay centers she visited and offered to come join the impromptu packing party. She even brought her own extra items.
So we started packing with no real plan except to make as many boxes as we could. We kept folding boxes and circling them on my table and filling and labeling and stacking...and before we knew it several hours had passed and we had 60 boxes finished.
When Pam left I kept packing--determined to make every box I possibly could. I took a break to carve the turkey I roasted and throw a frozen pumpkin pie in the oven.
The count right now stands at 121 for this LOPP but I think I might be able to make more in the morning before the day cranks into full gear and I get OTRA.
It's scary when I realize there are so few hours left in National Collection Week.
Because the time is short...and so many children are waiting.
....ps--as of 2:00 am on 11/24--final count at 139 boxes with every possible box made...every stuffed animal and clothing item used.
Posted by Kathy Schriefer at 8:23 PM