Our Independence morning had a different twist from a normal holiday morning.
Anna and Mary had it on their hearts to do an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox fundraiser with the nieces (see past posts on OCC). They put on a special breakfast and invited all the relatives. The Friday before the 4th, the girls and nieces had a planning meeting. They figured out their menu and invited everyone (the reason for the fundraiser was mostly kept a secret until arrival time).
Sunday afternoon, Abby and Bethany came over to help Anna and Mary make cinnamon roll dough. It was a kitchen full of girls!
Then, Monday morning, the little girls dug out Christmas clothes, and put normal clothes over them so they could keep their secret. When Melanie saw their outfits, she wondered, but they assured her that the aunts knew all about it. You could feel the anticipation in the air as the girls whisked around the house, helping the aunts prepare. They set up Christmas decorations, used Christmas dishes, and well, it really felt like Christmas. If I didn’t know better, I would honestly have thought it was Christmas!
Everyone was greeted with “Merry Christmas” as they arrived.
The girls had a little program, explaining about the boxes, Bethany read Scripture, they sang a Christmas carol, and then after breakfast, we were all given an opportunity to give. The girls had a certain dollar goal, and would you believe we hit it?!!! It was an exciting time!
Anna continues to collect items for the shoeboxes throughout the year, which makes them quite economical. The younger girls will help with the shopping and then be involved with packing them later this year.
We had our traditional 4th of July barbecue that evening. It was a great day!
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give;
not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7