While most folks are getting ready for Halloween, I'm more in "Christmas mode" than anything. Our church has been handing out small green and red shoebox/gift boxes to be filled in support of Operation Christmas Child.
Last week at church we waited until after the service to go collect some boxes but they ran out! We did get six boxes and will had to the shop sometime over the weekend to get them filled.
I get it that some schools don't want to promote this project due to religious reasons (some kids not acknowledging the holiday) but why not just ask all the kids to pop into the dollar store and provide a toy? One dollar per kid that'll be about twenty or so toys per classroom that can be boxed up by the teachers privately.... just my opinion anyway... I am glad that some schools go ahead with this program nonetheless!
Samaritan's Purse also provides a link on their website for those who don't have access to boxes & collection sites to "build a box online". If you aren't involved with this project, now would be a great time to start.