Christmas in August: Instructions

Things to remember:

  • Pray. Begin with a time of prayer for your Christmas in August missionary.
  • Choose. Pick which missionary (or missionaries) you will gather supplies for.
  • Promote. Tell everyone about the project. Give out a list of the items. Tell when and where to leave the gifts.
  • Gather. Send the missionaries only those items specified on their list. Send new items only. You don’t have to include everything that is on the list because other churches will take part, too.
  • Pack. Gather the items your group collects and pack them up to be shipped. Consider placing items that could leak inside plastic sealable bags. Do not wrap the items.
  • Organize. Label the outside of the package with the names of items inside. This will help missionaries sort through packages more quickly.
  • Prepare. Address your package to the missionary at the address listed. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for the missionary to acknowledge receipt of your gifts.
  • Write. Give the missionary your email address. Explain to your missions group that the missionaries may receive hundreds of packages, and may not have time to respond to each group individually.
  • Mail. Find out the exact postage to pay for your box or boxes. If you select the missionary in Canada, take note of the special instructions for mailing to that country.
  • Pray (again). Pray for the missionary, his or her ministries, and the people served. Pray they are able to use your items to reach people with the gospel message. 
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