christmas in july

Can I just shout out a HUGE thank-you to everyone who has helped us with our trip to Cambodia so far–and in so many ways!

Donating items to sell (and buying those items!), praying (and promising to pray while we’re gone), writing a check, making a paypal donation, sharing words of encouragement and advice, offering to help with fund-raising, giving up your $10 Tim Horton allowance for the week (that totally blessed us, LH!).

I’m making a conscious effort not to let Cambodia consume the blog this spring/summer (even though it’s consuming my life much of the time). I don’t want you to be burned out before we even go. So I’m thinking 1-2 Cambodia posts a week. Would that be okay? (like you’re gonna say no)

Today I have a cool idea I just know will be right up some of your Bargain-Hunting alleys.

All 20+ of us (going on 2 trips to Cambodia this summer) will be taking 2 suitcases apiece (50 pounds a pop) on the plane. We’ll cram all our own stuff into 1 suitcase (with room to spare) and the other 1.3 suitcases (multiplied by 20) will be filled to the brim with supplies for the orphanage. It’s the cheapest, safest way to get stuff to those precious kids, so we’re taking advantage of it.

Here’s a list of the stuff they need. If you’re interested in purchasing some of these items (or already have some of them on hand), that would be awesome! What a sweet end-of-school project to do with your kiddos. You can deliver them to me if you’re local (or I can come pick them up) or mail them to me if you live far away. I need the supplies by June 26. We’re having a Team Packing Party (doesn’t that sound like fun, Steph??) the week before we go. We’ll make sure everything fits in the suitcases and doesn’t exceed the 50-pound limit.

E-mail me if you’re interested, and I’ll send you a copy of this list (in actual list form–I know that’s bugging you List Lovers!), and you can print it out and take it to the Dollar Tree or wherever. I’ll also give you my address if you need to send it.

Medical/Hygiene (adult and children both): Tylenol/ibuprofen, cough & cold medicine, antacids, Prilosec, Visine, antibiotic/antifungal cream, Band-aids, gauze, deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, hair ties, barrettes, combs, vitamins.

School Supplies (new or lightly used): pens, pencils, markers, crayons, construction paper, blank notebooks, curriculum, computer learning programs, children’s books, Bible stories, coloring books, VBS material, children’s Christian music CDs, safety scissors

Fun Stuff: Hard candy, suckers, any type of ball, puzzles, games, UNO, toys, jacks, hot wheels, jump rope, frisbee, small stuffed animals, dolls, nail polish, silly string, beads, jewelry-making items, craft supplies.

Thanks so much, friends! Two more things:

1. Come back tomorrow to buy a restaurant coupon book valued at $300 for just $33. We get $15 from each book for our trip!

2. If you want to be on our e-mail list to receive updates about our trip so you can give/pray, let me know. (We’re at 57% and need the rest by June 28.)

Have an awesome Thursday!

8 thoughts on “christmas in july

  1. gretchen

    I will pray about my lack of organization, and purpose to commit to getting a small pkg together for you w/my kids. What a great idea. Happy you all get to go!

  2. sarah m

    would you be open to people sending you money and you can purchase some supplies for those precious kiddos? the money to ship a box of items would eat away at extra $ that could be used for supplies. just a thought. could you possibly email me your address? thx 🙂

  3. Stephanie your sister

    Oh, what I would give to be there for the Packing Party. It truly sounds like Christmas to me. Maybe even better.

    I’ll put some stuff together and send it your way, though! My second choice to being the Packing Party Chief Organizer, but still fun! 😉

  4. amber

    Super fun! The boys and I are in! We’ll start gathering some stuff and sending it that way!

    I love these kinds of very tangible foreign missions’ projects for my kiddos. Money is a hard thing for them to visualize and understand, basically because they don’t really “get” it. But if they are touching tubes of toothpaste and little socks, then they have something tangible to associate with their giving. LOVE IT.

    We’ll send it off to you. Thanks for this opportunity!!

  5. Denise

    Hey you! I am so glad you get to love on those kids. They will enjoy both of you – I know we do.

    I am so glad things are coming together!

  6. Elizabeth

    That sounds like a fun packing party! And I love the idea of making it something to do with the kids as an end of the year project. We love doing that with shoeboxes at Christmastime, but for your trip we could actually know exactly where they’re going. I love it!

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