We are anticipating with excitement gathering with many of you on Friday, November 10th, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm at Avalon Church (www.avalonchurch.org) for an evening of service as OMMA holds its next Group Service Project!For those who are newer to OMMA (and as a reminder to our veterans), twice each year we sponsor Group Outreach Projects where we “Take it out of the Dojo” and gather together to serve others in various ways. These are “hands-on” projects designed for all ages. We have folks from toddlers to grandparents and everyone in between who link arms and hearts to make an eternal difference in the lives of people near and far. Below are some links to pictures from some of our Projects from previous years. We have been doing this at least twice a year since 2008.
One of our three Projects at the Group Service Project will be to make Christmas Gift Boxes in support of Operation Christmas Child.
For our newer students who haven’t done this with us yet, we collect a bunch of gift items (see below for details) and then on our project night we unpack and organize what is donated and distribute them to as many shoe boxes as we can fill. Our best year ever (2016) we put together more than 250 boxes as a group and I am hopeful that we can equal or top that this time! THANK YOU!!
If you are willing and able to contribute any of the items on the list below for us to pack in shoeboxes to be delivered to the kids, that would be great! Please let me know what you might have in mind so I can get an idea of where we stand. You can bring these items to any of our classes and we’ll store them at the Dojo until the night of the event.
Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.
Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
A PERSONAL NOTE
In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
Toothbrush, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc. (They don’t allow toothpaste in the boxes any more.)
DO NOT INCLUDE:
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; gum or candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans; toothpaste
1 disinfectant dish soap, 16-28 oz. plastic bottle
50 clothes pins
Clothes line (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.) Cotton or plastic
5 dust masks
2 pair heavy-duty reusable latex gloves
1 pair leather palm work gloves; cotton with leather palm or totally leather
24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gallon size. Remove roll from box.
1 insect repellant spray, 6-14 oz. plastic bottle w/protective cap
Air freshener, 8 or 9 oz. bottle w/protective cap