Tuesday, April 19, 2011

CVS Shopping for Donations Week of 4/17 ~ Operation Christmas Child: Cost $.22

My donation shopping this week was focused solely on my Operation Christmas Child shoe box stockpile--because of the deals available.  I never know what CVS will have in store for me and this week it was for OCC.  I was thrilled to get the kid's Aquafresh toothpaste and toothbrush, I wish I had more coupons, getting free kid's oral care items is hard.  I remembered from last year's Paas deal that the package includes stickers which are great to add to a box so I will be putting those in a box (I
actually had one young girl who received one of my boxes write and ask for "stickers from America").

The scanner gave me a $2/1 Revlon beauty tool and I had $2/1 Printable from a while back so I was able to get the nail clips for 71 overage and the Mentos were on clearance for 93 cents so that 71 cents almost paid for the Mentos (if I could have found my Mento's coupon in my hurry at the cash register I could have saved even more on it--I am determined to get just a little more organized :-), but it was truck day and Sarah and I were sharing a cart for three orders [she does a friend's shopping for her] so that was a little hard).  So my total out of pocket for these products was 22 cents plus tax.

Anyways, my little shoe box stockpile is building slowly but surely and I am anxious to see how many I can fill this November.  Ten to fourteen year old boys get the least amount of boxes filled so I want to focus the bulk on that age, but I am sure to do a little girl as I do each year--I just can't resist.  Here is a video I found I thought you might enjoy watching of some children receiving their Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes and the gal who is singing, "Love in a Box," is an Australian artist at the age of eight.

11 comments:

Marina said...

It is a wonderful thing you are doing by donating!! Very kind of you. Thank you for sharing this.

Cheryl said...

Marina, as they say "it is more blessed to give than to receive" I believe. I don't know that the child who receives a shoe box I pack (or other recipient of what I donate) finds any more joy than I do in putting them together. It is so much fun for me. One year we did school back packs for a woman's shelter for abused women--their kids often went with them quickly and did not have school supplies. I never saw the kids who got them, but it was so much fun to put them together and know how much it would help them in such a hard time in their little lives.

Couponing and CVSing just make it so much easier to multiply what I can give financially. Thanks for your kind words--they are encouraging.

Anonymous said...

How did you get the kid's toothpaste and toothbrush free? I did not see that the were on sale in the flyer.

Cheryl said...

There is a post about it under the 4/17 CVS Ad & Deals post right below the banner at the top of this page. Just click on the 4/17 link and scroll down till you find it.

SuzyQpon said...

You have inspired me! There is a local organization that does "Fox Socks" every Christmas. It's very similar to the OCC except it's for local children. They give out mesh stockings that you fill and designate the gender and age group. They always have a shortage on the older kids - esp. the boys so I always try to do at least 1 for that group. Last year I was able to do 4 - 2 for the little kids and 2 for the older kids. Like you, I always do at least 1 for a girl (I only have boys so it's my chance to shop for a girl). Anyhow, I have started collecting things for this year b/c I know I can do WAY more than 4 if I am organized early. Here's to a wonderful season of giving!!!! Thanks for your help!

Cheryl said...

How exciting, SuzyQ, love the idea. We used to have a local charity that did stockings and also they gave out dolls to dress and that was soooo much fun, but they stopped doing it. Last year we did stockings for some of our deployed troops, too, it was too much fun. We got a letter from one soldier who got one of our stockings. Have fun collecting and I'd love to hear how many you end up with!

Cheryl said...

Oh, and if you are interested in finding great deals from other stores and ideas for what to include check out Clip With Purpose--it is all about filling the shoeboxes.
http://www.clipwithpurpose.com/

kolpin said...

donating oral care items is impt, esp when junk food items are cheap and easy to come by


kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

Quick Savings said...

I just love being able to give to others. My husband doesnt do much for me for Christmas but he does let me do for others as much as we can. He lets me bake and give to friends, family, coworkers and neighbors all I want. We have done up to 26 Salvation Christmas Angels in one year. I really like doing the babies and the ones over 70. So many of the elderly ones are asking for things like coffee, cookies and slippers. So sad to think that is what is on the top of their wish list. I will be making things for the OCC boxes and if I have too much I will have to post for a SAE to send some to others who are filling boxes.

Mom of 4 in Texas said...

I just typed a comment, but I don't think it worked for some reason. I'll try again! Thank you so much for the moving video--I'll use it for my church group & homeschool co-op group (I'm teaching a class this fall about OCC-will be fun!). I've lead packing groups (church, book clubs, friends, etc.) for 10 years and also shop year-round for OCC. What a blessing! Thanks so much for all you do for the ministry.

Cheryl said...

How great, Mom of 4! I actually haven't had time to post my last two shops for OCC. This week we found t-shirts on clearance for 63 cents each--we bought the four they had. Am so excited about those.