Have you heard of Operation Christmas Child? It’s a ministry through Samaritan’s Purse that allows us to send a shoebox of gifts/personal items to a child in a third world country for Christmas–which is often the only gift they receive. We participated in this outreach last year for the very first time and it is something that we all deeply enjoyed doing together. This year, we decided that we want to host our own packing party and share these printable (and customizable) Operation Christmas Child Packing Party invitations!
I thought I would share our step-by-step process for planning and carrying out this party over the next several weeks in case you are interested in hosting your own party (and allowing even more children to receive a special gift this Christmas).
If you decide you want to host your own packing party, here are a few suggestions for planning:
1. Decide on a date/time as well as how many people you want to invite.
2. Order some promotional materials from Samaritan’s Purse, especially if the families you are inviting are not familiar with OCC. These materials are free. Please only order as many materials as you will absolutely need. We ordered the Pack-a-Box Guides to include in our mailed invitations, a DVD to show to our church, stickers for the kids at the party, and 1 window decal for our front door on the day of the party.
3. Decide whether you will be taking all the boxes to the drop-off location in your area (which I recommend), or whether you’ll ask each individual family to take their own box.
4. Will you provide boxes or will each family provide their own box? You can order boxes from Samaritan’s Purse (in sets of 100), or you can purchase plastic shoeboxes in bulk (which is what we did). I paid $35 for 36 6-quart plastic shoe boxes from Walmart.com about a month ago. Unfortunately, Walmart is showing this pack is unavailable at this time! The other option is having each family be responsible for their own box.
Here’s how to download and customize your printable invitation:
:: First, you’ll need to download this free font.
:: Next, Open the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Invitation. Type your information into the form boxes and save. If you want to send these to a photo center to be printed (like I did), you’ll want to make sure to save it as a JPEG (not a PDF, as it is already formatted). If you will be printing the invitations yourself, you can leave the file the same.
:: Print your invitations. The final print size will be 4×6. Mail your invitations at least 2-3 weeks ahead of time!
*These customizable/printable invitations were graciously created by Rachel at RV Parties (thanks Rachel)!
Stay tuned for more details!