Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Christmas in July!

Each year, the youth department heads up our Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child campaign. Each year we try to fill a few more boxes with than we did the last and each year we have been doing just that! The shoeboxes are filled with gifts that the children might enjoy and with hygiene items that they may need.

This year I decided I wanted to use some of our Wednesday nights through to summer to help promote the boxes and work on some crafts that would be a fun addition to the gifts! A Christmas in July kickoff seemed like the perfect idea! 
With all the Sharpie love I have going right now, we took plain white washcloths and let each youth draw to their hearts content on them. Then if they wanted to, they could use the rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and make the colors run a bit to give it the tie-dyed look.
We had a lot of fun with this project and I love all the creativity the kids displayed!

I will wash and dry all the washcloths and then put them away until we pack the boxes in November. If you are interested in donating to the Operation Christmas Child, and are not local, click the link! There are many ways in which you can help.
If you are local, contact me at joyfullychas AT gmail DOT com! We'd be happy to pick up any items to help grow these boxes and give many more gifts to some needy children at Christmastime! 


  1. Beautiful! this is a really neat idea. I think that I will try it on some drop cloth, envelope style, pillow covers. My kids can draw on them before I sew them up. I was thinking that putting the fabric in a hoop to make it tight would also give you more control over the drawings. Thank you for the idea.

  2. What a lovely work. These are so beautiful. Lightly and Cute. If these things can be a gift for the Christmas this year, it will be very nice.