Collection week is always fun. Getting to talk to the various folks that come in the door is a great remedy to the cynicism we are so often drenched in. None of them have to do this. And there is no immediate pay off unless you count a sticker or a piece of chocolate from me a payoff. But they do it out of charity. And that charity creates opportunities. For us this year was a good year not just in battling cynicism, but also in numbers various. 1,429 shoeboxes collected, 95 cartons, 65.5 volunteer hours, 114 boxes from our own congregation. Soli Deo Gloria.
We are a Shoebox Drop Off Point for OCC this year. Our days are Monday, November 18 thru Monday, November 25.
Monday – Friday (18th-22nd): 4 PM – 7 PM
Saturday (23rd): 9 AM – Noon
Sunday (24th): Noon – 3 PM
Monday (25th): 7 AM – 10 AM
St. Mark’s is a drop off location for Samaritan’s Purse – OCC shoeboxes again this year. Here are the formal hours of collection week.
Mon, Nov. 12: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 13: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 14: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 15: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 16: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 17: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 18: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 19: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Many of those days there will also be someone here during regular church hours that would be happy to collect the box.
Our Church took part in this for the 4th year. This year I submitted my “shipping fees” online, printed out the bar code for the box and taped it on. The benefit was said to be a note on where the boxes went. Behold, this evening I got two notes saying where those boxes ended up. Box 1 was sent to Central Asia while Box 2 went to Malawi.
Here are a couple of pictures (not our boxes, but still)…