This afternoon, a senior living community held an Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party and we were there to help set-up and host the party. Just like at the previous party, we brought a Christmas tree, Shoebox Bingo, red and green tablecloths and some items for them to put in the shoeboxes. In the blink of an eye, we had all of their red-and-green GO boxes folded and ready-to-fill.
We kicked off the party with three games of Shoebox Bingo with the residents who came to fill shoeboxes. Each time someone got a bingo, they chose an item as a prize to be the first item put into their shoebox!
Once the bingo games were over, the residents lined up and made their way around the tables, filling their shoebox with the items on the tables. There were sewing kits, school supplies, hygiene items, balls, maracas, small toys, and several other great items available! Each shoebox got a Christmas card which had been signed by the residents earlier today. All of the shoeboxes packed at the party were for girls aged 10-14 years.
By keeping a close eye on what went into the shoeboxes, we were able to stretch the supplies to fill 46 shoeboxes which fell short of their total last year of 59 shoeboxes, but every shoebox counts. It was great to see some fellows come fill shoeboxes too! We boxed up the few leftover party items, packed all of the shoeboxes into 2 cartons which we will hold in storage until National Collection Week arrives. Last of all, we took a photo of several ladies who came to the party with all 46 shoeboxes and our Shoebox Banner!