The tables in our church gym are full of stuff. Boxes filled with old clothes, dish sets, toys, and a whole lot more. Normally, I don’t endorse this sort of thing, but this time, it’s for a good cause.
The Operation Christmas Child yard sale is just around the corner!
Last year, our Shoe Box coordinator extraordinaire came up with an great idea. While you can’t put old toys and stuffed animals in a shoe box to send overseas, you can gather them all up, hold a giant yard sale and use the money to buy new supplies for the boxes.
Thus, the great yard sale was born.
Check out the fun signs she made:
Here’s a closer look:
Step #1: Empty Closet (and drawers and garages!)
Step #2: Hold a yard sale
Step #3: Child sees the love of God!
Super fun, huh?
The stuff really poured in last year and we ended up raising over $1,000 (I think!) to buy supplies for the shoe boxes. Karin (shoe box extraordinaire) was able to contact a few companies and buy in bulk for even better deals. Look at some of the amazing stuff:
Soccer Balls and Pumps
Time to get washed up!
Notebooks, Coloring books, and school supplies
And the amazing results!
This year, the stuff wasn’t pouring in quite as fast, so I was worried it might not be quite as good of a sale. However, my fears were quickly dismissed as I saw people making their way into church today (our sale is next Saturday).
The summer is still young! Why don’t you give it a try at your church as well?