Christmas SMILE #2 (Reason to SMILE #354): THE CARDS
Rarely do I ever mail out Christmas cards. I know it’s awful but can’t seem to get this simple task accomplished. Life moves too fast for me and by the time I think about it (which is usually when I receive the first Christmas card in the mail from someone who must have life all figured out), it’s too late. Yep, I’m a Christmas card failure.
For the past several years, though, I have been able to distribute a few Christmas cards without the hassle of standing in line at the Post Office. And it’s all because of a unique way of raising money at my church. Each year, the church sets up it’s own Christmas Card post office of sorts. In the main hallway, a big box with lettered slots is displayed. The idea is to bring the Christmas cards you would normally mail to various church members and place them in the appropriate slots for distribution (which means that church members check the box to see if they have any cards!). After “mailing” your cards, you drop the money you would have spent on stamps at the Post Office into a collection box. The money collected each year is donated to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering which is collected every year by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
It’s a pretty nifty way to send Christmas cards, if you ask me. I don’t have to go to the Post Office and my money is supporting the spread of the Gospel around the world. Christmas card giving success! SMILES all around!
There is one down side to this ingenious Christmas card distribution. It’s limited to my church. So, unless you plan on stopping by to check the box at my church, I suppose this digital card will have to do…