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A Big Upcoming Trip…

on 1.3.2011 at 3:47pm
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I got a package in the mail today and it made me so excited I had to share.  A few weeks ago I found out that I was picked to travel with Operation Christmas Child to help distribute Christmas Child boxes!  When we started posting deals and “how to” posts last fall my hope and prayer was that a spot would open up.  I’ve been giddy ever since finding out that it was really going to happen.

I leave January 31st to head to the poorest county in the Americas, with 80% of the country living under the poverty line and 54% living in abject (utterly hopeless) poverty.   This will be my first ever trip to a third world country and I hope to share as many of the experiences that I can (hopefully technology will allow).  I think I’m the most excited about getting to see these children as they open their shoe boxes and the pure joy that we’ve seen through past trips.

Where am I going?

I would love your thoughts and prayers for a safe trip.  Haiti is not the most political or health stable country right now, so pray for all aspects of this trip to run smoothly and that the children receiving these boxes would see the love that went into packing them.

I can’t wait to share stories, pictures, videos and probably a few tears with you.

(Don’t worry over grocery deals, I’m already training folks to get us ready for this week!)

    • you will love Haiti, I have been 8 times this year…..ooops, that’s last year now.
      my first time in Hait was 1987. (I was there when the earthquake happened)
      it’s because of you that I get to go so much (by saving on grocery store and other bills to save for airfare)
      I keep 2 suitcases open on the back bed that each time I buy extra stuff I throw in to take to Haiti (it makes excellent gifts down there, because food and supplies are so expensive). my past trip a friend gave me 100$$ to take a 3rd suitcase, well I had it filled in just a few minutes.

      Where will you be staying at, what area? I stay in Petion-Ville but then travel all over the country if a team if there and they need help.

      I can’t wait to hear about it and see pictures.
      Rachel

      http://picasaweb.google.com/Rach1966/2010HaitiNovDec?feat=directlink

    • elizabeth

      Congrats, Jenny! You totally deserve it, what an honor!

      A friend shared this article on facebook this morning and I thought you might want to read it before your trip, just to give maybe a different perspective of all of the faith-based groups in Haiti and the effects they are having on the citizens. (and this is coming from someone who loves mission trips!) Perhaps it would help in understanding the mood of that country: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-campolo/making-matters-worse-in-h_b_482858.html

      May God bless you on your trip! :)

    • Nicolecaroline1023

      That is really exciting! Congratulations on the big trip!

    • MomofLotsoftots

      That is AWESOME news! I am so happy for you! I've hoped to do that too! One day?

    • I am SO EXCITED for you!!! I did an OCC box party this year and had a BLAST! I think I know someone else going on that same trip. You guys are going to have such an amazing time. Already praying for the group!

    • Kim

      What a blessing ~ for the kids AND for you!

    • annie

      What a blessing. Great opportunities come to people who do great things. God Speed.

    • Momworkdc

      Awesome!!! You will be a true blessing to those kids ~ and they will bless you right back in return with their smiles!!!

    • That is TOO COOL! My box went to Togo this year so I can only imagine what actually being there is going to be like. CONGRATS!

    • Sandy

      Wow, that is awesome………….it is so much better to give than receive!! Cannot wait to see pics etc…………prayers will go up and out for you and the children!!

    • Sonya

      How very life-changing this will be for you! May God see you safely there and back. Have a wonderful trip and can't wait to see pics, etc.

    • melanie

      I have two friends who just returned from Haiti this past weekend. They said the experience was amazing!

    • Cellison

      A group at my church spent their Christmas break in Haiti if you have questions. Congratulations!!!

      • where in Haiti did they get to go?

    • Jan Owen

      What an experience that will be for you! I know God will use it to shape your heart in a special way.

      I run a non-profit and do mission work and often work in Rwanda. Last September I was in this woman's house and while we were sharing the gospel with her I noticed that she had a decorated shoe box hanging from her ceiling. It was old and dusty (well there's dirt everywhere, the homes are made from mud!) but it held a place of prominence in this family's home. I asked her later to tell me about it and it was from OCC. I shared that our family had sent many of these boxes through the years and she said it was such a blessing.

      Go in peace, health, and JOY! Keep your eyes and heart WIDE OPEN!

    • savvy

      May your journey be blessed.

    • Wsult3

      Oh wow! That brings tears to my eyes! What a wonderful way to express love in action! Prayers go with you and the rest of the team…

    • So excited for you! We will keep you in our prayers. Please keep us posted. Blessings!

    • SSheila

      Oh wow! What an amazing experience! I know you will be blessed and my prayers will be with you!

    • Kristi Grace

      Jenny, I am so excited for you and envious! You will be the hands and feet of Jesus to those precious children. We can't wait to hear your stories!

    • I love that you have this opportunity! The child we sponsor through Compassion lives in Haiti and it makes me feel so good that you will be there.
      She lives west of Port-au-Prince. Can't to hear your stories, pictures, videos and tears!

    • Producttests

      Super cool!!! I'm SO jealous :) I'll definately be praying! My kids (4,2, & 1) put together shoe boxes this year and couldn't get enough of the videos. They kept asking when the little boys and girls were going to get their boxes. Thank you for all you do for us and the little kiddos that are getting shoe boxes. Some of us probably never would know when or how to put our boxes together if it were not for you!

    • ZJ

      What a wonderful gift! I think you'll find that you'll receive way more than you can ever give to these kids. I went on my 1st mission trip to Nicaragua a few years ago and came back extremely humble and thankful for the littlest things. :)
      Have fun and enjoy every moment!

    • Mcleodsc

      Seeing how people have to live in a third world country it life changing. You will never forget what you see. The poorest in the US are rich compared to most of the third world residents. God bless you!

    • Amy T

      This is so amazing Jenny! You will definitely be in my prayers.

    • Kppayne

      Wishing you a safe journey! You have one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen! I was in your class in Murfreesboro and it is so refreshing to meet someone so generous of her time and talent. May God go with you.

    • Alison

      My sister and her friend go to the warehouse in NC every year the Friday after Thanksgiving to help sort through the boxes and make sure they are safe to send. It is going to be one of your most memorable moments in your life and go and enjoy every minute of it.

    • Kathy

      So excited for you! Thank you so much for all you do! The anxiety over finances in this house is so much less because of you!

    • Ann

      What a wonderful, life-changing opportunity! So happy for you. Praying for a safe trip!

    • Joy

      How wonderful! You will have to share when you get back.

    • Djsmom92199

      How exciting Jenny… We will be praying for you and for the children that will receive the shoeboxes.

    • Mandy P

      Wow! What an amazing opportunity! I can't wait to hear all about your trip. Prayers for safe travels!

    • Donna

      I am so excited for you Jenny !! May GOD bless you and keep you safe on this trip ! I will be praying for you !

    • Jessica

      Congratulations Jenny! What a blessing that will be! I look forward to hearing all about your experience. Thanks for all you do!

    • Hayley

      Prayers for your safe travels. What a wonderful opportunity.

    • Nancy

      You will definitely be in my prayers! What a wonderful opportunity to see God at work through the eyes of children. Godspeed!

    • Lisa_prieto

      I will keep you in my prayers. What a great opportunity!

    • Kathy

      I think this is a wonderful thing to do.I have seen videos of the excitement when they open their boxes. I have had friends who went to Haiti with church groups to help them repair/ build a church. They also taught the women to sew and make jewelry (a skill that they could use to make some money). I wondered what is being done to help these people become more self-sufficient. Are they begin taught skills in order to get out of poverty?

    • Allyson

      An incredible opportunity for sure. We have a partner school in Haiti and it is amazing how the tiniest things can make such a difference. It's hard to imagine that Haiti is so close to us geographically, but their life circumstances are so different.

      On a side note—Jenny you look great! It's obvious that you've been making progress with WW.

    • Shortsite1

      Somehow grocery deals pale in comparison to your mission to Haiti. God be with you and your team. I can't wait to see the children's pictures.

      • Tisha

        I agree! Don't worry about us! Just go and be God's hand and feet. Besides, I know I could use a week off of shopping anyways. ;-)

    • Jayteedan

      Jenny, Quick–is there anything special that we, your fans, might provide as an “extra” to take? Chewing gum, jump ropes, toothpaste, soap?????
      Name it and I'm sure this group can provide. God speed. I wish I were going too.

    • carolc23

      Awesome! I am so excited for you! My grandmother has been a big supporter of OCC for years – she is using her free time in retirement to sew and build toys for 300 shoeboxes a year. I'll have to show her your post about your trip. I know she'd love to do the same thing.

    • Amelvincare

      So happy for you! Will be praying for you!

    • angel

      I went to Haiti twice last year and will be going in March, God willing. This summer my nine year old son and I are hoping to both go for a month. You will leave your heart there- that's a definite. When I go, I always stuff the extra space in my suitcases with formula, tuna pouches, peanut butter, vitamins and first aid supplies that I've gotten for next to nothing by using your site. Your work reaches farther than you know. Do you know where in Haiti you'll be going?
      Have the time of your life.

    • Wendy

      Congratulations Jenny! I know it willl be a life-changing experience for you. Stay safe and I will be praying for you.

    • Auntsonia

      How exciting! I know a young man who has been working in Haiti for the past year as a missionary. He even met his fiance over there (she was also a missionary). Some of the stories he's told in his blog are just heartbreaking. I'm praying you'll have a safe trip!

    • Sarah

      That is awesome news! I hope it goes great! I can't wait to hear how the children react…!

    • Keelysteyne

      AWESOME! my father in law travels to haiti many times a year. it will truly be an exciting and life-changing adventure! thought you might like to look at a blog friend of mines blog… she moved her family to haiti this past fall and they have an amazing ministry http://allthingshendrick.blogspot.com/2010/12/what-were-dreaming.html praying for your trip!

    • Mkasper77

      Praise God for the oppurtunity! We are from a small church and a couple started visiting our church about 4 years ago and they are from Haiti! They joined and have been serving there now. The couple both have family from Haiti and he visited last year and brought pictures back to share! I am glad to hear that you will be visiting and I know God will be with you and indeed bless you for your service to Him!

    • Sarcasticangel_82

      That is so awesome Jenny! Congratulations! :)

    • L Sherrill

      I am so happy for you ! How exciting! You deserve this…. I will be praying for you and everyone involved including the precious children who will be receiving the boxes! I made 3 boxes this year for the first time after reading about it on your website! I have already started shopping for shoeboxes this year! I cant wait to see the pictures.

    • Ddh707

      CONGRATULATIONS JENNY!! What a wonderful experience it will be….

    • Fgavent

      What an incredible opportunity! Please update us exactly when you will be flying on 1/31 and returning so we can be praying specifically during this time!

    • Droopyd99

      Too cool! Wish I could donate my time!

    • Christenmcconnaughhay

      God is Good, all the time. All the time, God is Good. How exciting. Please keep us updated. Sending lots of prayers your way…

    • Having lived in Haiti myself three years go I do want to point out that you need to be very aware of their customs and practices. I recommend asking before using any time of recording device (camera, video, etc) as they believe you are stealing their soul when you capture their image. Most do not believe in this anymore, but if you get out in the areas where the Bateys are you are more than likely going to incite a bit of wrath.

      But enjoy it, its a beautiful place that needs lots of extra hands to help in.

      • I have been all over the country and you just hold up your camera and say photo
        only a few will shake their head and say no, then you don't take the photo. Most love their photo taken and then want to see the photo on your camera then you will have 50 people wanting their picture taken and they all want to see it and laugh and laugh about it.
        so I say……take lots of pics.

    • Barbara Traylor

      I must say that I am almost weepy right now looking at your picture and realizing what an incredible trip you will be making. I love Operation Christmas Child and did not know that individuals could sign up to help deliver them. You have inspired me to try and be chosen next year to do exactly what you are doing this year. Thanks so much.

    • Audra Rogers

      So excited you get to go, neat moments are sure to come! I met a lady at church yesterday that just returned from Haiti doing medical missions through Samaritan's Purse and she said to pack good bug spray.

    • Paigehill

      That is fantastic! How do you get your name in to be picked? I have always wanted to go! You will be in my prayers, what a great experience!

    • Sewhartsc

      Very exciting news to hear. I am happy that you are getting to have this incredible and rewarding opportunity. Have a safe trip and take it all in with everything you have in you. Be safe.

    • Vicrobinson40

      Awesome! I'll be praying for sure! Several years ago I bought something handmade from a lady in a remote village in Romania. She brought it out to me in a shoe box, wrapped in Christmas wrap! I brought it all the way back home and still have the box! There was no doubt where the box had originated and what a blessing and sweet reminder the box has been to me. Have a wonderful trip!

    • MBGirl

      Prayers for you to be safe and to stay healthy! It is so exciting to know that you are going to help someone though (besides us)! Please keep us up to date on the stories that I am sure are going to touch all of us! God Bless!

    • Ericab8

      That is AWESOME .. prayers are sent for a safe and successful trip. My parents made up 6 boxes this year in honor of each of their grandchildren and my daughters preschool made them up as well .. what a great honor to be able to deliver them!!

    • That's great! Our family made boxes, each one of us picked a child and age group. We were so excited about it and hope that the boxes will help a child have a little piece of happiness. And I'm so glad you're going to Haiti! How wonderful, they really need it.

    • Aecarnes

      Jenny, what an AWESOME gift!! Just as many others have stated – this experience will be life altering! Praying for you:)

    • Mary T.

      How awesome. I will be praying that God does awesome things through you and for you and for all the lives He will touch through this amazing trip for you and others. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO AND YOUR FAITHFULNESS to this website. God blesses many through your hard work and effort. Enjoy and rest in the fact that God will take care of the website and you while you're gone. I have faith that He will!

    • Jen

      So exciting! My husband went to Haiti right after the quake and it was life-changing for him. Praying for a safe trip!

      • I was there when the earthquake happened and been back 8 times in 2010, the Haitian people are so nice

    • Jill J.

      How awesome! I helped sort/ship shoeboxes in Atlanta this year. Praying you'll have an amazing trip!

    • Melissa

      Praying for your trip that you will grow in your walk with the Lord and the Lord would open up even more doors for you to be his hands and feet on this earth. May God bless your obedience in going. Praying for your health to stay strong and your heart to be uplifted.

    • Mmbrush08

      thats awesome! praying for a safe trip …..

    • Mlyons2279

      this is AWESOME!!! so glad you get to do this.. couponing is great cause it helps my family save money but couponing is AWESOME because it helps me get free or really cheap items that I can give to others where otherwise I might not have the money to buy things for others!!! so glad you are doing things for the LORD!!! congrats

    • Bhbarlow

      I have been to Haiti twice and I can't begin to tell you the blessings that I received and the humbling experiences that I went through. I am a dental hygienist and was doing dental cleanings on children and some adults. I am soo excited for the way God will humble your heart and forever change you in a way that will be to his glory. I will be praying for you and for the path God has already prepared!

    • Elizabeth C. – Marietta GA

      So happy for you Jenny. My husband and I delivered boxes to an orphanage in Latvia while we were there to adopt our daughter. It is such a cool experience and a blessing to see the efforts of many fulfilled in a child. Praise Him who lets us particpate in spreading His love!

    • Laynerobbins

      Aww, Thats Awesome! You will be in my prayers. I am sure this will have to be life changing, and hopefully come back with new ways we can all help. Thanks for all you do!

    • Ljohn

      Jenny, I will certainly lift you up in prayer. I had a friend, from Rock Hill, go last year and she was able to see how God works and uses things for His glory on that trip. May God richly bless you, and your family, while you are being His hands and feet.

    • Kim O

      So excited for your trip! Will look forward to hearing about all the blessings you are able to see.
      On a savings note, I bought my first item for our boxes for 2011. I have a $1 Jingle cash left from Walgreens that expired yesterday. I didn't need anything but couldn't throw it away. I walked in and there was a box of tshirts for $1.00. I used my JC and 7 cents in change for tax. So I bought a tshirt for .07 for one of my boxes. I plan to go back and get more for the rest of my boxes.

      ENJOY your trip!

    • Ree415

      I am so happy for you Jenny. You deserve this more then anyone. I pray for a safe trip and for God to keep you in his arms during your trip. Thanks for all you do

    • Andrethe

      it will change your life

    • Christopherheidler

      Awesome! So excited for you and the opportunity of a lifetime! Can't wait to read about your journey!

    • when were you in Haiti?

    • Stereomom

      My prayers go with you Jenny, and I can hardly wait to hear all about your experience when you return!

      Blessings!

    • Yolli

      That is exciting. Praying that everything goes well.

    • Sparklecat2009

      Congratulations!!

    • Couponbhumi

      goodluck to you

    • you will love Haiti, I have been 8 times this year…..ooops, that's last year now.
      my first time in Hait was 1987. (I was there when the earthquake happened)
      it's because of you that I get to go so much (by saving on grocery store and other bills to save for airfare)
      I keep 2 suitcases open on the back bed that each time I buy extra stuff I throw in to take to Haiti (it makes excellent gifts down there, because food and supplies are so expensive). my past trip a friend gave me 100$$ to take a 3rd suitcase, well I had it filled in just a few minutes.

      Where will you be staying at, what area? I stay in Petion-Ville but then travel all over the country if a team if there and they need help.

      I can't wait to hear about it and see pictures.
      Rachel

    • Ssblady

      What a blessing for you and the children! I pray for Samaratanians Purse as part of my prayer life and I will certainly be praying for you and everyone involved with the trip. God Speed.

    • Meg

      How exciting!!! I hope you have a safe and happy trip.

    • Russ

      Jenny,
      That is great! God bless you and keep you safe on your trip!

    • Cav436

      What an amazing opportunity Jenny! I think I will tell my son (6) that you are going to deliver the box that he put together. He had such fun choosing the items for this project and delivering it to the collection site at church. Good health to you and I pray that this will be a journey of a lifetime.

    • That is fantastic! Our church is a missionary training center and 2 of the families live in Haiti that we support… they are rebuilding Pastors houses at this point, that have lost everything in the disaster…I can send those names on to you and their address… our Church is in Walhalla, SC….

    • mkneece

      Awesome. My church packed over 500 boxes!!! And, I donated lots of free toothpaste tooth brushes, etc. thanks to you!!! I will be praying!!

    • Stephanie in Bham

      What an awesome opportunity! I pray for your safety throughout your trip! I look forward to hearing all about it! I know that you will have a wonderful time. May God richly bless you and your family for being such a blessing to others!

    • Shannon

      what a blessing! be safe!

    • CVS Lady

      Jenny, I'm so excited for you! Let me know if you need any more items. I didn't end up participating in this since I had 2 other charities I was collecting for. Now that the holidays are over I can send whatever things I stockpile this month with you. Just let me know. — Beth

    • Pat M.

      Jenny, I am so excited for you! I got goosebumps reading about how thrilled you are to have this opportunity. You take the prayers of many of your bloggers with you. I can't wait to hear about the children and their reaction to getting their boxes.

    • Pam

      What a great opportunity! You will be in my prayers!

    • Absutton

      Wow Jenny what a great opportunity. I' can't wait to read all about it! Our prayers are with you and the children in Haiti!

    • Melanie

      congrats and God bless

    • Leighanne3

      God has choosen the perfect person to go and spread his word through you. You have helped so many people and I truly want you to know how much my family appreaciates all you do. My family and I will start praying today and each day til you return. You have been choosen by the Lord himself to provide these children the simple things in these boxes. God bless you and yours during this time.

    • Johnandangela

      I am so incredibly happy for you! Please know that all your online friends will be praying for you and the whole team you are traveling with. We will also pray for each and every child that receives one of the Christmas boxes!

    • Mackay1st

      What a wonderful opportunity! Our Gift is… being able to GIFT OTHERS!

      Your hard work on this site is GODS GIFT TO YOU!!

    • Charlene

      My family have been packing and sending shoeboxes for years and are so thrilled that you will get to deliver them, what a blessing! My prayer is that you will be have an opportunity for others to know Christ through His love!

    • Christina Albea

      Our church is taking a group of adults and teens on a mission trip just after school lets out this summer. Please be careful. Haiti is a nation of unreset at this time. While the work you're preparing to go do is much needed it is a dangerous path to tread.

      I pray for your safety and that you my find a peace and joy in your journey that only something such as this can in part. May God hold you safe in your travels and bring you home to your children renewed in knowing that what you've done provided other children with the same love and tenderness that you share with them each and every day.

      God bless you Jenny!

    • Lynne

      Don't worry about us…God bless you… and He will take care of you. Praying for a wonderful trip.

    • Jennifer

      Awesome! God bless you all!

    • Terry

      Congratulations! I'm sure you are needed there.
      Have a safe trip. We will survive, no problem.
      Terry

    • Sands143

      Many prayers for you, Jenny! God bless you!

    • jenn

      Awesome! Our family will be praying for you! And no worries about deals that week, you are doing something FAR more important!

    • Ally B

      Congrats!! Our families prayers are with you! Its super great that you are training others to pick up the slack but i think i can speak for most of the people here by saying we could live with out you for a few days knowing what great joy you are bringing to these sweet children.

    • Brblease

      What an awesome honor. I will be praying for you as you travel and as you reach your destination. Forever will their lives and yours be changed.

    • Sherry

      I am so excited for you. Maybe one day I will be able to share in this special mission also. I talk about it every year. You will definitely be in my prayers as you travel and share the love of our Lord Jesus Christ with this group. God Bless you and may God be with you as you take this journey. :)

    • Rebecca

      Jenny this is incredible! I love it! Have a grand and safe time!

    • Melanieplynch

      Wonderful news! God is good.

    • Becky Edwards27

      Thats awesome!

    • Love_the_Food

      We had our boxes end up in Madagascar. It would be awesome to help distribute them.

    • Rebecca Eddy

      Jenny,
      I am so envious of your journey!!! We have been working toward adopting from Haiti for three years now. Please share your trip with us.

    • Ghart

      Awesome! My dream trip….

    • Dixiegates

      What a wonderful way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'll pray for you and all the members of the team and of course the people of Haiti. Last Sunday, the Holy Spirit led me to pray for them (specifically for the Cholera outbreak) as well as to donate money to the BGEA for Haitian relief.

    • Sally Gott

      I recently went ot haiti. You are going to love it. I also distributed boxes in Africa and it was amzing to the see the kids faces light up when they opened thier boxes. If you have any questions on a packing list or such let me know. I have been on many mission trips.

    • DArruda9565

      That is wonderful!!! Will be praying for a safe trip for you and all that are going! May God bless you and all the children that receive the boxes!! You are going to bring such joy to them!!

    • Amygam13

      Have a safe trip and you will be in my prayers. You will be touching so many lives. May God bless each and every child that receives a box.

    • guest

      I hope that you have a fabulous trip. I will pray for your safety. I can only imagine how moving it will be to see the joy in the children's eyes. This is what life is about. Have a wonderful time!

    • senator1995

      How does one volunteer to go on a trip and distribute the shoe boxes?

    • Karen H

      My prayers will be with you. It will be a trip that will change how you look at life. My daughter has made several mission trips to Haiti and plans a month long internship this summer. Make sure you take a water bottle that has a built in filter. Camelback makes one.

    • Tricia

      Be safe. May you have calm seas and following winds on your journey. As for grocery deals your trainees will have large shoes to fill so we won't expect to much. Hopefully the girls will have fun with Daddy. Safe travels

    • Tldavis245

      You'll have my prayers!! I love putting together the boxes each year, would love a chance to see kids actually open them, Have a wonderful time!!

    • Jilbeanie

      Wow~ what a priviledge. Have a FUN time! You will be in our prayers!

    • Angrcooking

      You are on my prayer list.

    • Mailkirsten

      Awesome opportunity to serve!!! I have put together these boxes before and it's lots of fun. I'm sure you will have a blast seeing the kids open them. My family and I will pray for your safety.

    • That's awesome!

    • Chellbrewer

      Wow that is a awesome opportunity and i wish you a safe and happy trip will pray for you !

    • Jennifer bassett

      that's so awesome! will definitely be praying for God's favor to be a strong shield for you all!

    • Felecia

      I have been to Haiti 8 times. You will have an experience like no other. I feel in love the first time. I think it would be selfish of us to worry over grocery deals when you are going on a missionary trip. Have a wonderful time.

    • HomeschoolingCouponingMom

      Wow! What an opportunity. You are in my prayers. Remember, “The will of God won't lead you where His grace can't keep you”.

    • Leahs5616

      Awesome my prayers will be with you!!

    • Saviorbucks

      Yay! Prayers for the trip and I'm sure the folks helping you while you're away are more than capable!

    • Rdreysen

      That is so exiting I hope that one day i will be able to go and deliver shoe boxes to. I will pray for your safety.

    • Peggy

      What an honor! I started crying when I read this! This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart! Praying for a rewarding, safe trip!

    • Antleysc

      There is a great organization called Christine's hope for kids that started because Christine was killed in the earthquake a year ago! Please look into this charity when you have time.

    • Melinda

      Oh Jenny, I'm so excited for you. I've always wanted to go. We've been doing shoe boxes for about 10 or 12 years now and I still cry when I see the photos of this precious children receiving their boxes. You'd better believe you have our thoughts and most of all our prayers for a safe trip. God Bless! Hope you can take lots of photos.

    • Rloganrn

      What a wonderful opportunity. Praying for a safe and rewarding trip!

    • Jill Rains

      Awesome news, Jenny! You might try contacting my friend, Audrey Jones (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1070691630), who is working with Helping Hands For A Sustainable Haiti (http://www.helpinghands4sustainablehaiti.org/about-us/). She might be able to give you some great tips! This is her second trip to Haiti since January’s earthquake last year. Good luck and God bless!

    • Cindy

      Congratulations! I'll be praying for you!

    • rltmom

      Our family will pray for your safe travels and blessings that will certainly come from this trip.

    • Sherry Mcfaden

      Jenny,

      This is so great. I went with OCC to the Dominican Republic in 2009/2010 and loved every minute of it. Know that OCC staff and volunteers will be covering you in prayer during this trip. Can't wait to see your photos and read your stories.

      Just a bit of advice… in the shoe box you take with you to give out in Haiti, be sure to include a few photos of yourself/family as the kids LOVE LOVE LOVE pictures. Your child will be able to have that photo for years to come.

      ~sherry

    • mrs

      I am glad you were chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime journey. My prayers will be with you for a safe and fruitful journey. I'm also praying for the children & people of Haiti. God bless you all!

    • Junkbox4us

      I am so excited for you!!! I love OCC and what they stand for. Our church pledged to do 100 boxes this year (12 did 43 in 2009)….. we turned in over 200 show boxes!!

    • adrienne

      wow that is sooooo awesome!!! i know it will be life changing:)

    • Sue

      Congratulations on your trip. I know that God will use you to minister to those people in Haiti. My son spent a summer in Haiti his senoir year of college working on a sewage system they so desperately needed. Please take very good care of yourself and take lots of hand sanitizer and maybe some antibiotics with you. He got very sick while he was there and medical care is very complex for foreigners. (The Haitian people are very superstitious of the white man). I will be praying for you the whole time. God can use you in so many ways over there. Please keep us posted for any needs that you may have concerning this trip!
      God Bless You!

    • Angie Cheek

      I think it is great that you'll be able to go along with OCC to spread the joy. You'll be changed forever and that's a good thing! Happy for you.

    • shannon

      That is so awesome! Our church is big in Operation Christmas Child and we have a member who is a missionary to Haiti. You will be in our prayers!

    • Superofertas1000

      Have a blessed trip.

    • Rose_lunsford

      That is so awesome! I am very excited for you and us. I cant wait for you to share how your life has been impacted for the good. God Bless you as you go.

    • Carolyn

      How wonderful! I'm sure you will will have an amazing opportunities to minister to those kids and their families in Haiti! Enjoy every minute of it!

    • Angel_in_Charleston

      Oh, what a wonderful opportunity. So happy for you, Jenny. My husband says for you to look for one of our boxes. (LOL)

      Safe travels and blessings to you! We will keep you in our prayers.

    • Rbs44

      What a great thing you are doing! I love that you help people in so many different ways. Be safe and enjoy the experience.

    • Beth in SC

      I was so excited when you started listing the how to's about Operation Christmas Child. My oldest has gone the last 2 years to pack up the boxes in Charlotte at the warehouse. I was blessed to see you putting in a great word for them. We will be praying for you and the others as they travel!

    • Bessie

      What a great opportunity! I can't wait for you to share with us all you can!!

    • Crystal

      Congratulations!! Thanks for all of your help packing our boxes!!

    • Courtney Buxton

      Well, that's just awesome. Congratulations and Godspeed!

    • Amykw70

      What a blessing. Hugs all those precious faces with the arms of God!

    • Gigi

      Have a blessed trip.

    • Beth

      Congratulations! I am so happy for you

    • Ariselady

      Wishing you the best of luck on your trip Jenny! We just got back from Belize, another third world country where my family and daughter were born. We actually started a non-profit last year to help children and just got back from Belize. We were able to donate a lot of the things that I get free with my coupons.Just wanted to let you know that the work you do for all of us is helping others in more ways than you can imagine. I know you will enjoy your trip, congratulations! God bless!

    • Cuban

      SO, WHO'S GOING TO BE RUNNING YOUR WEBSITE WHILE YOUR GONE???

      • some very able friends!

    • Janciewebb

      What an amazing opportunity! God Bless You!

    • dnelson

      I will pray that you will have a safe trip and a trip full of blessings. I have a friend that was on a mission trip one year when the Christmas boxes arrived. She was in a very hot area of the world. One little boy received gloves in his box and he would not take them off. She said it was 100 degrees but he was so proud of them.

    • sss

      Sorry, I can't support this trip. You have 3 children under 5 that are your first responsibility. This is unnecessarily putting yourself in harm's way. Before you go, please make sure your will and healthcare directives (including Power of Attorney) are all up to date.

    • rbenz

      I am sooooo excited for you! You will be in our thoughts and prayers and we'll be looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back. Yay!!!

    • Kathy Schriefer

      Praise God, Jenny. You will be the feet, hands, eyes and ears (and even nose) for the hundreds who read your blog. They will know a bit more of God's heart for the world because of this trip. As a year-round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child, I promise that you will be in our prayers. I know God will do amazing things in you and through you.

    • Nikkers

      Congratulations! This is a wonderful opportunity and such a wonderful organization. We will definately keep you in our prayers. Safe travels and God bless!

    • Tammie Gainey

      I'm so excited for you to have this opportunity. You are such a blessing to us that you deserve to be blessed as well. I will pray for your safety. I know God has big plans for you to share on this trip so don't worry or stress about anything remember he opens doors for us just trust in him.
      Love, Tammie Gainey

    • Rondalancaster

      How awesome! I pray God watch over you and the group going, keeping you safe and healthy! Can't wait ot hear about the trip!

    • Ani

      Congratulations! That is very exciting!!! Praying for you to have safe travel and that you and all you come in contact with will be blessed tremendously by the love of Christ!

    • cynofpie in SC

      Jenny, I'm so excited for you! Be prepared for lots of smiles as well as tears. Praying for a safe and successful trip. Will be anxiously awaiting pictures!

    • Iris

      You go girl!!!!

    • Iheartlowprices

      There is nothing more fulfilling than helping make the lives of other people better. It is what I believe God intended my existence for living to be. I hope you feel that 'heaven on earth' feeling, as well.

    • Lisainsav

      Jenny, THis will be a great trip! My family and I were missionaries in Haiti and we still take teams sown on mission trips. The Haitian people are warm, loving and hopeful! We will be praying for you. Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

    • Guest

      Sanitation is key — without water being available. Try WISPS to brush your teeth.

    • colleen

      God bless you!

    • Natalie Durlacher

      i will be praying for you and haiti, enjoy!

    • Bethcarver1218

      God Bless You, Jenny! What a wonderful and selfless thing you are doing for and with these children! God Speed.

    • Howehouse1

      Hope you have a safe trip! Will be praying for you and the children who recieve the boxes, that they will feel God's love through them.

    • Rielcoupons

      Awesome! I'm heading there too on Febraury 12th to help rebuild homes for earthquake victims. Praying for your trip!

    • Mslauger

      I am so excite with you! My prayers will be with you!

    • Tmizzell

      Jenny, I am very proud of you and the mission that you are about to take. God has given you a great blessing. Be careful and just know you will be missed and we love you.

    • Momsdword1

      What an awesome opportunity to be able to share first hand the distribution of the gifts. Many prayers for you and all those who will be involved. God bless you for all that is needed for a safe and joyous trip.

    • Camkimom

      Congrats and thank you for being willing to partner with such a wonderful org. I will be praying for you.

    • laura

      so excited for you! and will be praying for your safety and ministry!

    • Dawn

      How exciting! Congratulations and good for you. I hope you have a safe trip and know it will be so meaningful.

    • Natalie

      You are such a blessing to SO many. You will surely be blessed too. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    • Tracywatermelon

      Praying for you! Hope this will a time of great blessing for the people of Haiti and also for you.

    • Dpopester

      Jenny,
      I will pray for you to have a blessed, safe, and healthy trip. Be sure to check with health care providers about any additional vaccines you might need. May God bless you and all those that accompany you as you bring a small bit of Joy to those that have so little to be joyous about.

    • Kim

      That is amazing and I am so happy for you. Many prayers will be sent your way. Be sure to share all the info with us when you get back!

    • Lyndastamper

      I am so thrilled that you are getting to go. What a wonderful ministry this project is. I pray God will bless everyone while they are there. Blessings

    • Jamie

      I will definitely be praying for you. What a joy and an honor to get to do God's work in such a place! I look forward to hearing about your experiences!!! God Bless!

    • How awesome! I wish I could join you!! You and those who travel with you will definitely be covered in prayer!

      Catherine

    • Bonjohn

      You will be in our thoughts and prayers, Jenny. What an exciting and worthwhile trip!

    • Lizs

      I am so proud of you and so happy for you.

    • Sharon

      What a wonderful blessing! That is so cool. I pray that God will protect you while you're there and your family while you are away!

      Sharon

    • Heidi

      We appreciate you finding subs to post the grocery deals, but we would do without them to have you go on this trip! It's well worth it.

    • Nunezcrew

      Congratulations! My husband and I have been to Haiti twice in the past year. You will definately be blessed once you meet the haitian people. They are so beautiful! My eyes water just thinking about how much I miss them. Yes they are poor according to “our” standards but they have more joy than we can even begin to imagine. Congratulations once again and God bless!!

    • I am so excited for you!! Your life will be changed forever!! You will be soooo blessed by these children,…more than you can even imagine! You are in our prayers!!

    • Zipit2laura

      I was in Ukraine in 2001 serving there and I walked up to one of the church's that I worked with one day and saw this huge truck. I ran around back to see huge boxes. The guys were opening the tops and getting the shoeboxes out!! WoW! I'd packed many a shoebox full but never had I been on the other end until that day. The orphanages that the church helped received them soon thereafter. What JOY the children had on their faces! Praying for an awesome experience that our Lord will never allow you to forget!! :o)

    • Cabpw51

      I am so glad your prayer was answered, and I know you will help answer some prayers. May God be with you and all that travel with you

    • JR

      Congrats Jenny. You will do so much good for the people of Haiti that are in need. We'll miss you here, but we'll welcome you back and be sending our prayers.

    • Mommyto1cutie

      Awesome! Can't wait to hear about it!

    • Amhoward07

      Have a safe trip, you will be in my prayers!!! I can't wait to hear your stories when you get back :)

    • Moncoleau

      Congrats Jenny!! Soooo excited for you! Sending our prayers to you and to the people you will meet. “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Eph 1:16” =)

    • April Hunt

      That's really really awesome Jenny. My husband works for the Billy Graham Evangelistic association and went down with them, and Samaritan's Purse the day after the earthquake last year and he is leaving EARLY in the morning to go back for the next 8 days. He saw alot, and had to endure alot last year, and his trip tomorrow will be a bit different but prayers are a must. So I will definitely be praying for you when you go. With this being his second trip my heart was overjoyed when I saw you were chosen. How special!

    • Sardav

      What a great opportunity for you! Will pray for your safe travel and to be able to touch the hearts of these children so they can see the love of God through you.

    • JJ

      I will pray that you have a safe trip and great experince. I hope you get to visit the nice areas as well, not sure what is left of the nice areas since the earthquake. I was born there and left at 5, my mom use to take me every summer and it was so different from what i saw and heard on the news. I was planning on taking my kids last january, however due to the earthquake we were not able to make it. Cant wait to see pics.

    • Shay

      My husband has family in Haiti so i feel especially blessed in knowing that others still think of those families. I pray that you have a safe journey and that God will be shown to those children. God bless you and keep you safe.

    • Sue Mckellar

      That is great! My dad went with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to operate a feeding unit for medical teams in Haiti not long after the earthquake. While the devastation was incredible, he came back with many stories of children he had met and lots of good things being done by medical teams there. He was definitely ready to go back. I'm sure you'll get a real blessing from going and being a part of the box distribution. You'll be in our prayers and hope you have a safe trip.

    • baglady

      Wow, good for you…I'm excited for you (and a bit jealous.) ;-) You will be in my thoughts & prayers for a safe and meaningful experience. God speed!

    • Carey

      I pray that you have a safe and healthy trip! May the love of the Lord shine through you to all the people of Haiti!

    • Karen H

      My daughter suggests you take a 14 day supply of Cipro with you, better to be prepared and not need it than not to have it when you need it. Also she took EmergenC powder packets that you can add to your water to boost your immunity. I think they are on B1G1 free at Walgreens this week.

    • Gunnelsronnieja

      I feel that you may be a missionary called by God. I came to one of your classes and for you to be a nurse and are doing coupons to help all of us, I feel there is something special out there for you. GOD SPEED and I know he is watching over you and I know if you let the spirit of God lead you ,you will be blessed . Love and peace to you and I know all will be praying for your safety.

    • Amanda Cottrell

      SO excited about this! My husband works with OCC and I love the ministry! I'll be praying for the entire team headed there. I'm sure you'll meet Amy Lowrey, the wonderful gal from OCC that will be heading down with ya'll!

      I love the OCC partnership with Southern Savers this year and I'm so happy that you are going to Haiti to share the Good News!

    • Shelleyschu

      Wonderful news and a great cause. We will all be praying for you on your trip for protection and safety. I almost took a trip there (pre-earthquake_) but got pregnant and could not go. I would also recommend taking protein bars and/or beef jerky in your suitcase. If you don't need them, they are always good to give away to the people there. God Bless You!!!

    • Lisalane

      This is so awesome! A friend and I took our sons to Charoltte to help at the processing center. How great it would be to be the hands and feet of God! Bless you and I will be praying for your safe travel and for your families peace of mind while you are gone!

    • Rdavisusc

      So excited for you! We'll be sending our prayers. Thanks to your site, we were able to add lots of free items to the 5 shoeboxes we sent thru OCC year. One has been tracked to Colombia…maybe some of the others will end up in Haiti. Just know that your hands have already touched the lives of many children through your website.

    • Xio

      You will be in our prayers. Thank you for everything you do. You are one of God's angels here on earth. God bless you.

    • ashley e

      That is awesome! I'm so jealous!! I will definitely pray for you as you travel and bless so many little ones. I did several boxes this year. Hopefully I can have the same experience one day!

    • Lauren {themonogramswap}

      How exciting! I helped sort, tape, and pack boxes in early December at the Charlotte warehouse. It was amazing. Have a great time on your trip. I hope to do that with my family one day!

    • Kelly Longley

      How exciting!!! I will pray for you and your group going to Haiti! Thank you for serving our Lord Jesus.

    • Ashliecrocker

      wow…may God open doors for you to those who need your help. What a trip!!! Keep us posted on your visits. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all you do:)

    • Amy

      Wow, what a wonderful gift you have been given. My prayers will be with you on your amazing journey.

    • Polarbyte

      God Bless one of the best people I've come to know. Good luck on your trip. Many smiles.

    • STCUSTER

      Sending prayers with you Jenny!!! God Bless!!

    • Laurel

      I'll be praying for you, Jenny. What a great opportunity! Don't even think a thing of this site, b/c God has given you this life to live and you're serving Him through it. There's nothing more important than that!

    • L Seymour

      praying for a corridor of protection for you into and out of Haiti… went there two yrs ago on a mission, my 19 yr old daughter went last year… it is beauty in abject poverty… there is nothing I can say to prepare you other than let His eyes be your eyes, and His heart be yours. Many blessings. :D

    • Leslie

      AMAZING! What a blessing for you AND the children, My prayers will be with you, and I can't wait to read your posts about it!

    • Emornout

      That is so so great! I have been 5 times and done two internships! It has changed my life forever and it will change yours too!

    • Pdoby28144

      Your life will never be the same. My husband went to Leogane last March on a mission trip to rebuild a girls orphanage and they dedicated land for a boy's orphanage while he was there and he will be going back again March 11 of this year and they hope to dedicate Jonathon's Home for Boys while he is there. God bless and enjoy what you have here in America.

    • Marielovesgod

      Congratulations Jenny! My dream has always been to go to haiti or a third world country but will have to wait till my young children and future kids are a bit older. You go! Congratulations and my prayers are with you.

    • EBChiles

      How exciting! I am so jealous! We will definitely be praying for you and for the children and families you will impact in Haiti.
      Please give us an update when you return.

    • Leekelhank

      We will be praying for you. Have a safe and wonderful trip!

    • Dianne L

      Well, the first thing I noticed in your pictures is HOW SKINNY you are! You look great!
      I am excited for your being able to take this trip. My daughter went on a mission trip to The Ukraine last summer. My health advice: start now taking a high quality probiotic supplement. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

    • Amy C.

      Yay!!!! What a wonderful opportunity! We'll definitely be praying for you!!! Looking forward to hearing about your trip!

    • Sean

      YOU GO GIRL!!! Good luck! Can't wait to read about the trip!

    • Wpgrahamster

      So excited for you and praying for your journey.

    • Muddy

      What a wonderful opportunity God has presented you with through Operation Christmas Child. Prayers are there as you prepare for your trip and for the families that will be ministered to because of the boxes distributed. Praise God for your openness to being willing and able to go.

    • Amy

      Thoughts and prayers go with you! I love OCC!

    • Katie from Chapin

      I went w/ SP to Haiti 11-20>12-4 to help w/ the cholera epidemic. You will really be blessed….they might be poor, but they're a loving people. I really appreciated seeing family members taking care of their sick ones…of course, there's the exception. May God bless you, strengthen you and give you words of comfort and love as you help distribute the shoe boxes!

    • Hannah050603

      Congratulations! Good luck! God bless!!

    • Rachelle Bartlett

      Jenny I am so happy and proud of you! It has been so rewarding knowing you these past few years! You go girl!!

    • Sam in Miami

      Glad to hear you're going. I went this past Spring to visit my wife's extended family and try to help her cousin get her visa approved (it worked — she's coming this year!). Like others said, you'll be blessed by your trip — many tough situations, but some beautiful places and wonderful people.

    • Peggy

      Thank you for being our face and voice as you travel in God speed. We are truly blessed.

    • Jenny

      good luck and godspeed. thanks for looking out for us too, you are awesome1

    • Mariaaschwartz

      I have a large assortment of travel size health and travel products that I would love to donate to the cause if you need them just let me know I have been to Haiti three times and although it is the poorest country it has some of the most humble and beautiful people in the country.

    • Myluvblake

      Congratulations Jenny! That is a wonderful opportunity. My former company is very involved in it, and typically collects over 400,000 boxes. They will send people to deliver them, and I've never been able to go. What a blessing to see those children receive their boxes. It means so much to them, as they have so little. You will come back truly changed. My little boy and I will pray for your trip.

    • Sharon

      Awesome, I will pray for many blessings for your trip and all involved.

    • maria

      Jenny, that is fantastic and I will definitely be praying for you!!

    • ch

      Congrats Jenny. I have several friends that have had the blessing of delivering shoe boxes. A true life changing opportunity for them. Our prayers are with you. One of the friends said if she ever got to go again she would pack all of the balls she could tote. Everyone wanted one.

    • Veronica

      Jenny, I am so excited and thrilled for you!!! I am returning to Mali, Africa in November for my second missionary trip. Let me warn you… Your journey will be a wonderful life changing experience! God Bless you, and I will keep you close in prayer!!!

    • Karen

      Good luck on your trip. Praying for you as you embark on this great adventure.

    • Tammy

      Congradulations. What a wonderful way to get to start the new year!!! Have a save and blessed trip..

    • Stacy

      best of luck and have a wonderful experience! :) I was in tears just reading your post. :) I am sure it will be very life changing and memorable! :)

    • JStroud

      You will love it! I went in June and will go back again in March. It is actually a 4th world country and more devastatingly poor than you can ever prepare your heart and eyes for. But they are a sweet people for the most part and the children are happier than most in America, they like to touch our hair:). Just don't drink the water and don't take any foods that can melt (choc) and crackers didn't really hold up well either! Smile a lot. And God bless you for your willingness to serve.

    • Susan L. TN

      Jenny,
      It couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. You are such a blessing to so many people and I feel that you are reaping a small part of what you are sowing into so many lives. I will be praying for you and your safety as you embark on this wonderful adventure. Thank you for all that you do. God Bless you!!!!!

    • Mary1day

      Congratulations.I'll be praying for your health and safety while you are gone.I know it will be awesome to see the children's faces when they open their boxes.

    • Coop

      What a marvelous gift to be a messenger of HOPE. Sending you lots of light, love and protection for well being in your travels. I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences.

    • Alison V.

      Congrats and our prayers for you and those around you will abound! Don't worry about our shopping and groceries! What you will be doing while you are gone is much more important!

    • Qponbrittain12

      God Bless and many prayers sent!

    • Courtney Mauk23

      That is amazing! Operation Christmas Child is a fabulous ministry! God bless you on your trip and I'll pray for your safety as you travel!

    • emilyonthemoat

      Jenny~ this is wonderful, already bringing a few tears to my eyes just thinking about this opportunity for you and what it will mean to the children you encounter. God is very good, thank you for your willingness to go and praise him for your spot opening up!
      Emily

    • NonChalant

      Wonderful!!! I can't wait to hear about your trip. I pray that you have a safe trip and return.

    • Emily

      So glad the Lord has provided this opportunity for you. We'll be praying for a safe and blessed trip!

    • Shuchin

      This is great! we'll be praying for you. May you have a safe trip with God's blessing.
      We'll miss you!

    • Winkinatya79

      Be safe! Two of my fellow RN's will be going there in 2 weeks to help vaccinate and care for the people there. ( =

    • Dukesinthewoods

      How wonderful! My prayers will be with you.

    • Jules

      Safe travel!!!

    • Nancybgood14

      Jenny do not worry about us. We can live with out you posting anything until your return. Sending my love your way and will be praying for wonderful memories and the many opportunities you have to minister to them. Sharing Gods love though you, I will have you on my daily prayer list.

    • Diana_mcadams

      You deserve this opportunity, you are so wonderful to help all of us and now you get to reach out and help so many more, may God bless you and all the others with a safe trip, my prayers are with you and the many others that are going as well

    • Rsbutcher

      Awesome! Praying for a safe trip and for the many lives that will be impacted in your going…yours included! God is so good! ~ Rebecca Butcher

    • Susupurple

      God bless you on this trip. How exciting!! My prayers will be with you.

    • Wendy68

      I can see the joy in your face . Be safe and enjoy the experience.Thanks for all you do .

    • Nielsenah

      Jenny, have a safe trip. Having worked in Haiti, I think you will be surprised that despite the poverty, the Haitian people are anything but “hopeless” – they are among the most joyous and generous people I have ever met. Be prepared to receive far more than you give.

    • Renee

      I am just as excited for you! What an awesome opportunity God is giving you…very befitting for someone who does so much for others :) Thanks and prayers for you!!

    • Mz_10deroni

      You deserve this trip. You have a great heart and our prayers will be with you.

    • Heather

      Awesome news. How did you get picked? I love this ministry. Prayers for a safe trip!

    • Emily

      Hi Jenny!
      My husband and I just returned last night from five days in Haiti. We traveled there with the Global Orphan Project, and our group visited four orphanages in the Port Au Prince area. Our trip was filled with so much joy and love, but also so many tears and heartache. The children of Haiti will be so blessed by the supplies and gifts you bring them. One of the little boys in the orphanage showed me his two earthly possessions: a tiny plastic boat and an empty dental floss container. May the love of Jesus shine through you and may He move mightly in your heart.
      Emily Runge

    • Gail

      God bless you on this trip!

    • Holdensarahe

      Jenny. We are so excited you will be attending a distribution. My husband works for OCC and we are ever so aware of the impact each shoe box and prayer make in the lives of children around the world. Look forward to hearing your stories when you return. I'm sure it will be a life changing trip. Blessings.

    • Evejoy22

      Congratuations you bless others so much and God wll surely reward you. Have a safe trip.

    • Mrsavthearmywife

      I work for the Red Cross so I know the joy of helping. The best advise I can give you is this. Wear very comfortable shoes,Clothing that breathes,have baby wipes on hand and themost important thing is to have a lot of hand sanitizer on hand. Good luck and God bless you on your journey. =)

    • WynetteC

      Wow! That's incredible news Jenny. You will be touched and forever affected by the people there and by what you will see. You were chosen to go there for a reason. :)

    • Niddi

      What a wonderful opportunity. My daughter had a chance to go with a church group and it really changed her outlook and made her ever so thankful for so many things we take for granted. The ladies in the group bought clothing, shoes, luggage, etc at a thrift shop so they could just leave everything there and come back only with what they were wearing.

    • Priscillamsalas5456

      I hope that you have a safe trip and touch as many lives there as you have here in the South! Thank you for having such a big heart!

    • Smilyred99

      God Bless You in your travel. Our church donated many of these boxes and prayed over them before mailing. Give those kids a hug from us! Sandy in south Georgia

    • Amandalunsford83

      God Bless you! You will be in my prayers!

    • Rebecka

      Praying for you. I'm sure it will be both wonderful and heart wrenching.

    • Susanne

      What a wonderful opportunity God has given you! I will be praying for you and the children whose lives you will touch.

    • Shop Now

      You will forever be changed. Leave your anxieties with Him.

      God bless you Jenny :)

      Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly to venture on wider seas where storms show Your mastery.
      — Sir Francis Drake

    • Clark7371

      God bless you! Praying that God will use you on this trip for His glory!

    • Clclark3

      So amazing!

    • autumn

      God Bless You and may He keep you safe on your journeys.

    • Jmflosc

      Congrats on getting to experience this. This is a great organization. I can't wait to hear stores & pics. It's amazing that packing a little but of everyday things that we don't even think about will touch a childs heart. Great Job!

    • Momof3sc

      Congrats You are most deserving of this opprotunity

    • Maggie Runs

      My cousin who is a nurse went to Haiti last year and spent a month. She was able to post her experience, which was one of the most amazing journeys of her life. I am not sure that I could follow in either of your shoes but I am so impressed with people like yourself and my cousin who give so much of their time, treasure and talents. I will be praying!

    • Timeformykids

      I am so excited for you and soooo jealous at the same time!!. I lived in Haiti as a missionary for 10 yrs. I love the people and am so excited that you get to see first hand what Haiti is like. We are still very involved with our churches and programs there. My husband is actually going the last weekend in Jan. and it doesn't look like I will make it down with him this time, so I am jealous……God go with you. You will never be the same again. (in a good way) :)

    • Snellmom

      AWESOME! Don't count on the technology. DH went a couple of years ago. I didn't hear from him until he landed in Miami on his way back. Praying for you to have an incredible trip. It was an eye opener to him and to us as he told us about it and shared his pictures with us.

    • BMo44

      Jenny I couldn't think of a better person to go! Thanks for your willingness to do God's work!!!

    • Stacy_alcorn

      That is so fantastic! We do boxes every year so it will be great for my kids to see pictures of those kids there getting the boxes. Prayers for you for a safe trip.

    • savingtime/money

      I do hope and pray all will go well My daughter is going in Feb with a team as a nurse, A freind or mine when last month and had a few day stuck in the airport ,But God will protect you.Pleas go prepared for you self in Snacks and things you may need to keep healthy, You will be changed when you return you will see and heard so many sad and yet happy things !Can wait to see you pic and heard you reports!! god Bless you and your team mates!!

    • Stillwaxin2

      Congratulations!!! Our family made 4 boxes and they have already been delivered. My hubby and his students were able to work in the Atlanta distribution center and they loved it. I hope you have an enjoyable trip and come back renewed. :)

    • Chefsmom

      Congratulations! What a wonderful opportunity for you. You have blessed us so much, I just know this trip is going to be a blessing of a lifetime! Will certainly keep you and the children you'll be giving gift boxes to as well. God Speed!

    • Blessedalwaysforever

      Praise the Lord!! :-) What an awesome opportunity. You will most definitely be in my prayers, as will the precious little ones you will get to share Jesus' love with!

    • April Dodd

      So awesome!

    • Crimingersc4

      How AWESOME is it to get be FULFILLED with doing HIS WORKS….Now that is a purpose in life!!!!……You are going to come back a Changed person….. After all Life is about helping and giving….

    • You are so caring and giving. I hope you have an awesome time.

    • Scrapnstamp99

      Amazing opportunity – SO glad you get to go. Prayers are with you!

    • Marianna

      Jenny, I am excited for you. My husband Jeremy has been building homes in Haiti since March. He is using rubble to rebuild; you can read more at http://www.haitireplacementhomes.org. He travels back and forth but spends a lot of time in Haiti. He is there now but will be in the US when you are in Haiti. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I have yet to go but hope to go at some point in 2011. I know that my husband feels much love from the Haitian people, and you will too! Be prepared to be blessed! Praying for you!

    • beth phillips

      You will be more blessed by this trip than the people you will be bringing the gifts to. I will pray for safe travel and that God will work through you. You should consider yourself very blessed for being able to go on this trip.

    • TammieJo17

      Congrats! I can't wait to hear about it. I have sponsored a child from Haiti through Compassion International for 12 years. Have an awesome experience as God uses you to minister to His people.

    • Jensellis624

      My husband and I have been working in Haiti for about 7 years now. I am so excited that you are going! I am praying for your trip- I know you are going to be blessed by the people of Haiti. You can see what we are up to at cpihaiti.org. Safe travels!

    • Cristina

      Your in my prayers, have a safe trip.

    • Sharon

      God Bless you as you travel in country. I've been on mission trips to Haiti three times, once during the military coup that ousted Pres. Aristide. I found the Haitian people to be very resilient, innovative and all were survivors. The children are awesome!! They love you no matter what! You are going to be absolutely engulfed by their smiles and hugs.

    • Amwimbe

      Wow…God is using you in a BIG and mighty way!
      I do pray and will continue to pray for a safe and purposeful trip! Thanks for all you do and continue to do! God Bless You!

    • TMhardin

      I got an email from OCC and the shoeboxes my family prepared are going to Haiti. I hope you have a great trip! I will keep you and the people of Haiti in my prayers.

    • Guest

      So proud of you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!!
      Will keep you in my prayers.

    • Danyeln

      I somehow missed this whenit was posted but I am thrilled for you Jenny! I know that it will be a life altering experience for you to see the final destiantion of some of those lovingly packed boxes. God Speed to you.

    • Cbeyer

      Hi Jenny,
      Where are you from? I am the director of Operation Christmas Child in Florida/Puerto Rico. If you are from Florida, I would love to be in touch with you! We have offices across the US that would cover where your home is. My email is cbeyer@samaritan.org Please be in touch! God bless your distribution!
      Cindy Beyer