Those of you who know me well know that I have been involved with Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child for quite some time. It is really such an easy concept: fill a shoebox with small toys, hard candy, tooth brush, hair ties, soap and wash cloth, school supplies... and drop it off at a collection center. My church, Vineyard of Faith, in Windsor is one... but check here for something closer to you. Collection week is November 17-24. Over the years I've heard hundreds of stories, and I am convinced that his simple gift changes lives. Donations to Samaritan's Purse will go towards the $7/box shipping. But let me also encourage you to get involved. Pack a shoebox this year. If you've done it before- set a higher goal of 10 or 50! Throw a box packing party. Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit faster than this. And please feel free to e-mail me or comment here if you need help with this or if you want to be included via the twitter auction for this painting. 800Blessings is this weekend. See you there!