Did you know that if cash of any form is found when they arrive in a village, that the children will not get a Christmas box? Not one child in that village! Its so important not to add any american money.
Then they sit the box on top of the shelve that stretches across the stand. The next step is the two inspectors on each side who take a box off the shelve and go through it looking for the items that can not go. I was one of the inspectors. I thought this is gonna be easy. Reminded me of the old Lucille Ball show where her and Ethel work in the candy factory and then the conveyor belt speeds up and they have to eat the candy. Trust me, it did speed up and your pulling boxes, taking out items, adding items as fast as you can. The next step is the taper on each side. They tape the box shut and pass on to the next two on each side who pack the boxes into hugh shipping boxes. All boxes are the same size and there are at least 14 Christmas shoe-boxes in each big box. Then the next two, tape the boxes shut and sit on a long conveyor belt that is then put on pallets and then moved to trucks that take them to airplanes or ships. This years Christmas boxes went to Togo, Africa. Togo is 70 % Voodoo and devil worshipers, 20 % Christian, and 10 % Muslim. There are many things that cannot be shipped in the Christmas boxes, but the one thing that broke my heart is that we have been told wrong all these years about how we could not send Bibles. We were wrong as a parish here in Louisiana. Please add Bibles. God choose that box, that child to receive a bible for a reason. They may never read it, understand the language or know how to read. But who are we to keep the Bible out when God wanted that child to receive it? Our shift that day shipped over 240,000 boxes to Children. I am still excited and cant wait to help next year.
CAN NOT be sent in a Christmas shoe-box:
- Chocolate of any kind except Tootsie rolls
- Liquid of any kind such as nail polish, perfumes, kids drinks, liquid soap, bath gels,shampoo, lotions
- No bottled glue, only glue sticks or tape
- No war toys like soldiers , knives or play guns
- No chips, fruit, food, crackers, kool-aid, sugar, nuts, raisins, energy or health bars
- breakable items or aerosols
- vitamins or medicines
Things that CAN be sent
- Photos, cards, letters
- sewing items for girls and tools for boys
- bar soap, tooth brushes, tube toothpaste, combs, hair brushes, ribbons, barrettes
- sizzors, colors, pencils, paper, solar calculators, books
- small toys...large ones take the whole box leaving no room for other items
- gloves, socks., flip flops, tea shirts, sunglasses, jewelry
- Dolls, jacks, jump ropes, cards, toy animals
The next day our group attended Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas where we had lunch fit for a king and saw "The Gift of Christmas" featuring a live orchestra and 500 choir members. There was a living nativity with camels and other animals, Kings, and beautiful flying Angels. It was breath taking and a wonderful way to end our trip.