Do you participate in Operation Christmas Child? We absolutely love the opportunity to bless less fortunate children with a shoe box full of fun goodies.
But, in case you haven't noticed, those boxes can get a little expensive to fill. But what better way to do so, than if you can do it on the cheap. I'm not saying save more, spend less. I'm saying spend less so you can fill two boxes instead of one. Bless two little sweet souls instead of just one.
My challenge to you? Buy your shoe box fillings NOW. Why? Because right now is back to school time - and things are dirt cheap.
Let's take a quick look at a few ideas and compare prices, shall we?
Crayola crayons......November: 1.29......August: .25
Crayola markers......November 2.89......August: 1.25
Small notebooks......November 3.59......August: 1.99
washcloths...............November 3.89......August: 5/3.00
soap/toiletries..........November 2.00+....August: .50per
Can you see the savings? I know school supplies are expensive. We spent a small -- ok, a large bundle -- on our kids' supplies this year. I know that even a few extra dollars may be a stretch this time of year. But if you can find a way to make your dollar stretch a little, this would be an excellent time to put back a few things for those shoe boxes.
If you're reading this and you don't have school-aged children, what a marvelous way to bless other kiddos who would otherwise go without. Give outside of yourself. Lend a helping hand. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over... (Luke 6:38)
Only By His Grace,