Operation Elim is off to a great start this Sunday. The first part of the goal of providing each family in Elim with a care package for Easter was a sucess with more people signing up than we had families.
In case you missed the service on Sunday, Operation Elim is our plan to support the work of Terry and Teresa Allen at the Elim Covenant Church in Elim, AK by providing care packages for each family in the village. In addition to the normal rigors of an Alaskan winter (being dark for 20+ hours and cold), the economic crisis is posing particular challenges for them as well. For more details check out Pastor Dan’s blog entry on Elim
If you took a Family Care Card you will receive an email this week with additional information and a quick reminder on the details. If you lost your Family Care Card you can download a new one here.
Here are some of the things to include in your care package:
- Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and other personal hygiene products
- Socks, t-shirts, underwear
- Candy, Mac & Cheese, rice, beans, cakes mixes, Kool-Aid and Crystal Light mix
- DVDs, CDs, Books, games
- A note (and possibly a picture) from your family telling your selected family about you and let them know you are praying for them.
As was mentioned during the service basketball is also big deal in Elim and several people have already responded to the challenge of getting a basketball into one of the flat rate boxes. If you think of any other suggestions or find good deal please leave a comment at the bottom of this article so others are aware.
The Allen’s have requested that we do not send Playing Cards and Dice.
Please place any liquids in ziplock bags and securely pack the box. It will take 2 to 3 weeks to reach Elim as the packages travel on several different trucks and planes. We want to make sure the items get to Elim in one piece.
After packing your box please tape the family care card on the top of the box and include a check in the offering plate (made out to Riverside) for the cost of postage ($10.35 Small Box, $13.95 Large Box) with a memo indicating ‘Operation Elim’. We will be purchasing postage at one time to obtain the best rate.
If you have questions please contact Everette Mills via firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-532-2460
The completed family care package must be returned to the church by Monday March 23, 2009!