Friday, 31 October 2014


Since some of you have been kind enough to support my endeavours with the Operation Christmas Child boxes, I thought you might like to see the almost-finished results!

We have got the official boxes this year - they arrived flat and the YFG had a merry hour one night whilst I was working, and she folded and slotted 25 of them together for me. 

I've had a lot of the bits and bobs that we are putting in them sitting around for a while, and it has been a relief to start getting the boxes packed tonight!

So, if we open the lid, we have a fairly typical assortment of things in this box for a 5-9 year old girl.

There's a hat and scarf which the FH's cousin's wife knitted with some wool that UJ brought me. He found it in his loft, which means that it must date from my mum's crocheting days - and she died in 1998, so it is time it was used!

There is a wee packet of sweets, a couple of hair clips, a stuffed toy, a card game, a notepad, and a sealed bag with 2 biros, 2 pencils, a rubber and a sharpener and a packet of pencil crayons.  We can't run to pencil cases but I thought that the children might appreciate a grip lock bag to keep their bits together in. 

All that will be added tomorrow will be the toiletry pack - a flannel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste.  I am waiting for a friend to bring the flannels in the morning!

We are so very nearly there, and then they can be delivered to the local church in town which is organising the collection this year.


rabbitquilter said...

What a pleasing assortment of goodies! The boxes we helped with from the quilt group went a few weeks ago and we are now on next years!!! Come on keep up!!!! Don't forget to warn the washing machine it will be in over-drive, the YFG is due home soon!!! So glad she has had fun, you will hear a first hand how EFG has settled in, which will put your mind at ease I'm sure. With love X

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

I've not done one this year but hope to again next year. A flat pack box must be easier than wrapping a shoe box in Christmas paper but where does the money come from for the special boxes, does it say they are donated do you know?

Morgan said...

@RQ - I know we are behind you guys, but we are a limited band here, and I am doing my best!! I think I almost have enough hats for next year already. We are going to attempt some wee knitted gloves for next this space....

@SSS - the general consensus of opinion was that the printed flat packed boxes would be easier to deal with than the shoe boxes, and covering them with paper. The other trouble with shoe boxes was the vast array of sizes and some of the boxes were huge compared to others. By the time we had gathered the boxes, bought paper to cover them and done the wrapping, we decided to go for the easier option. 50 boxes cost us in the region of £16 I think, and so there are enough for next year as well. The church has bought them. Since the bulk of the work has fallen to me this year, I am very grateful!