Why are we doing Give & Go Boxes instead of Operation Christmas Child?
We have loved serving with Operation Christmas Child and certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from serving there. It's a great ministry.
But this year we are going local! We want to bless our local ministry partners by helping them provide gifts and needed items to those they serve. Hundreds of local people in the DFW area will be reminded that they are loved and cared about this holiday season because of the Give & Go Boxes!
This method also gives our people the opportunity to come face-to-face with the ministries and people who receive their boxes. We love that!
Do I have to use the boxes provided by Watermark?
Yes! This helps ensure we can effectively get boxes to Ministry Partners, that they can effectively organize and distribute them, and that what people receive is roughly the same.
Do I have to stick to the item list on the flyer?
Yes! Ministries have identified specific items they need. We want to help them in the ways that help best. (In many cases, though, the flyer will indicate that you can use your creativity to buy gifts along the lines of the examples in the list. Just be sure to read the instructions carefully!)
Can I build more than one box?
Absolutely! Just please only pick up flyers for boxes you intend to build.
How much does it cost?
This is another advantage over sending boxes overseas: there's very little transportation cost! So we're simply asking for $1 to cover the cost of the box itself. You can bring it when you get the box, or bring it to us before Dec. 3.
Should I bring the box to Watermark or take it to the Ministry Partner?
Either is great with us. BUT, if the flyer indicates that Ministry Partners can take a drop-off, we would highly encourage it! This is a great way to meet them face-to-face, see their building, and perhaps even serve with the ministry.