Operation: Christmas in Nikolaev Blessing the Children of Baby House 19
Please consider helping bring Christmas to children living in an orphanage in Nikolaev, Ukraine. In conjunction with Circle of Hope, a charity located in Huntsville, Alabama, Christmas boxes are being collected to deliver to children in time for Ukraine’s Christmas holiday. There are approximately 115 children living in the orphanage, ranging in age from infant to 5 years old. Christmas boxes will be delivered directly to the children by a group of volunteers living in Ukraine.
Christmas gifts are going DIRECTLY to the children. This project began because of a group of families across the United States who have adopted from this very baby orphanage and we will never forget the children we met there, still living in the baby house. Our wish is to bless each child on Christmas morning, and to give them something that will make them smile, something that is their own. Others are connected to this project because they believe adoption and caring for orphans is very important.
We want to help by sending Christmas cheer to the children we saw each day during our adoption journey and to remember all our children's friends still living in baby house 19.
Thank you for your support and for helping bring a smile to so many little faces!
How you can help:
1.Create your own Christmas box, decorated if you wish
2.You may donate items which we will then assemble into Christmas boxes (instructions below, if creating your own, we ask you please keep your contents between $5-$20)
3. Consider a monetary donation using the chip in button located on the sidebar. All donations over $25 are tax deductible. You can also mail your donation to Circle of Hope (a non profit organization located in Huntsville Alabama) P.O. Box 4921, Huntsville, AL 35815. Include your name/address if you would like to use donation for tax purposes.
Monetary donations will be used to purchase toys, clothing, gift wrapping and to cover shipping costs.
4) Follow along on this blog to watch as children receive their Christmas gifts! We will be posting pictures and updates! Our children who have been adopted out of the baby house are eagerly participating in this project!
Due to shipping time, all items will need to be ready for shipping on November 7th.
If you are located out of state or are not close to a drop off location in the North Alabama area, please ship your boxes/donated items to the following address by October 30th to ensure packaging and shipping to Ukraine:
Huddle House 1802 Main Street East Hartselle, AL 35640
Local Drop Off Sites:
ALFA Insurance 6124 Hwy 72 East, Suite D
Gurley, AL Contact: 256 776-4215 - Stephanie Thorson Drop off daily M-F between 8am - 5pm until Friday, October 28th
(Behind The Matrix)
3228 B Leeman Ferry Road Huntsville, AL 256-489-2278 Drop off Saturday, October 29th between 8am-11am ONLY.
Decorate a women’s shoe box with the following suggested items, label “boy” or “girl” on outside of box and rubberband box closed. Please do not use a large "boot" box. Plastic "dollar store" boxes are ideal.
Socks – boy or girls, all sizes up to 5t Underwear (girls or boys or all white for either)
Children's sunglasses,hats appropriate for warm weather or cold weather (boys or girls)
Small toys – ideas include: barbies, Lego's, puzzles, crayons, action figures, dolls with clothing, hot wheels cars
Hair bows/barrettes (girls boxes)
New clothing (inexpensive) all sizes up to age 5
*Please do not include nail polish or candy* Consider purchasing packs of inexpensive toys and dividing among boxes.
We thank you for helping make this a very special Christmas for so many little children!
"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”