Lots of Troops participate in Operation Christmas Child by packing shoeboxes — SC7777 took it a step further and helped get those shoeboxes ready to head overseas. Take a look behind the scenes of what happens with your shoebox once you drop it off!
Recently we’ve had several inquiries about where to put activity patches — especially Operation Christmas Child — on the uniform vest or sash.
The Girl Handbook simply states “Activity patches should be placed on the back of the sash or vest. Examples of activity patches include events, AHG Pen Pal Program, HUGS patch and rockers.”
So helpful, isn’t it? What it is really saying is that there is such a variety of patches a girl can earn, it’s impossible to prescribe just where they should go. However, we do have a couple of tips to offer:
- Working generally from top to bottom seems to make sense for a lot of girls. It does tend to make the patches more visible at eye-level, especially for the smaller girls.
- Girls with long hair may prefer to work from bottom to top, so their patches aren’t covered by their hair.
- Remember to allow room for rocker patches (year bars) if it’s a patch that can be earned annually.
And as far as attaching them — some people love Badge Magic, some prefer stitching them down. Think ahead if you’ll want to preserve the vest/sash entire and the end of the Level, or if you’ll want to remove them to create a larger display.
What other tips have you picked up?
This past weekend, November 10, AHG Troops from Olathe and Excelsior Springs came together for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party. 25 girls packed 100 boxes in the space of an afternoon, plus spent some time learning about what the shoebox ministry accomplishes worldwide.
This is the 2nd year that our area Troops have organized and participated in this packing party, and one of a number of area-wide events held each year. The girls enjoy the opportunity to meet other AHG girls, building friendships, and working together to accomplish larger projects.
Is your family packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child? Remember that your daughter can place an OCC patch on the back of her vest or sash. Check with your Troop to see if a group order will be placed, or order online here: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Giving/apparel_order/