When I started Molly Jane Designs, four years ago, I dreamed of ways I could use this company to give back to others, to wonderful organizations that could make a different, change and uplift lives and bring happiness to others.
Running a for-profit business model has given me a way to not only support myself and slowly build my company over time, but also give me the freedom to support local charities and non-profit organizations that I’m passionate about.
I create and sell women’s accessories and I absolutely love what I do. But I also want to create a company and work environment that gives back regularly to the community.
After learning and researching various nonprofit organizations over the last several months, I was reminded of a wonderful organization that I actually in fact already knew about!
Growing up my family was involved in a wonderful church that for many years helped to support the Samaritan’s Purse Project, Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, using gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.
The premise of this NPO is amazing and they have helped bring a smile to the face of millions of children all over the world. Children that may have never experienced receiving a gift, much less a gift at Christmas.
I got together with my team and chatted with them about the idea of getting involved, creating, filling and packaging Christmas shoeboxes to gift to Operation Christmas Child.
So we did it. And without sounding too many like a Hallmark card, it truly was an awesome day! My dining room was filled to the brim with all sorts of fun toys, educational tools, and hygiene items that we packaged in the individual boxes and labeled if it was for a boy or a girl.
Although it might have been 80+ degrees outside and many weeks until the holidays, we played Christmas music and created an assembly line for the boxes. The love and joy I felt generating in the room was contagious. Filling those little shoeboxes, and hoping it was going to make a child very happy, made my heart burst with thankfulness that we were able to do it!
The collection for the gift boxes begins next week. Thought it may seem a bit early to be in full Christmas mode just yet, Operation Christmas Child delivers these boxes to countries all over the world, so they need plenty of time to ship and deliver each box to arrive in time for Christmas.I wanted to write about our experience of putting these wonderful gift boxes together, but more importantly, I wanted to share the news that we will be collaborating with this organization throughout the entire holiday season!
So beginning next Monday, November 14th through Christmas Day, 10% of all sales generated through our website will be donated to Operation Christmas Child.
It is my hope and prayer that in this upcoming holiday season, we at Molly Jane Designs, will be able to give back in a fruitful and meaningful way. And help to support this organization’s goal of bringing joy and the real meaning of Christmas and God’s love to children all over the world.
If you want to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child click here.