July is a great time to be thinking about your Christmas boxes because of the SALES, SALES, SALES!
Back to School sales are starting and July is a great time to start shopping the sales, picking up those items that mean a child can go to school at a deep discount! Yes, I know the Operation Christmas Child Calendar suggests August as their school supply month, but it never hurts to keep your eyes open a little early, especially if it means you won’t be fighting last minute shoppers trying to outfit their children for school. Check the blog for the best deals from Staple, Office Max/Depot, Target, Walmart- and anywhere else we can find great deals for you!
Target is also gearing up with their toy clearance and is expected to go to 70% off very soon (if they haven’t already!) and other stores are also clearancing out “summer items” and toys to make way for the Christmas season. While you are shopping the deals, stocking up on stocking stuffers and gifts for the children in your own family, be sure to keep your eyes open for the recommended WOW gift, as well as small little “box stuffer” toys. Be sure to keep an eye out for small little craft sets as well, those are great for including in your boxes! I don’t know about you, but I love the sense of triumph I feel when I’ve made something with my own two hands. What an empowering gift to give to a child!
Samaritan’s Purse recommends buying clothing items for you boxes in July. Imagine the joy of having new underwear in your size, or beautiful socks to protect your feet and keep you warm. These small things that we take for granted every day are truly magical experiences for children receiving shoe boxes.
Don’t forget to download the Operation Christmas Child app! It’s available for both Apple and Android users and it offers you the opportunity to read stories and prayer requests, in addition to helping you find drop-off locations (starting in October), allowing you to make donations and helping you to pack your boxes.