Open Door Haiti’s Christmas Hope Box Outreach brings the love of God to the children at our churches, schools and orphanage, tangibly sharing with them the hope and joy that are found in Christ at Christmas. As churches and individuals from across the US and Canada fill their Hope Boxes, they can know that their gifts are a significant part of our efforts to transform Haiti… one child’s life at a time!
How To Put Hope In A Box This Christmas
CHOOSE A BOX … Children prefer to receive their gifts in a reusable small plastic container (6 qt size please), but a small box (approximately 8 in. wide, 14 in. long, 5 in. deep) will do as well. Wrapping is not required. Secure your Hope Box with a large rubber band or tape.
CHOOSE: BOY OR GIRL … Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s grade level: Clearly mark the top of your Hope Box either “B” for Boy or “G” for Girl and then PK or 1-3 or 4-7. If you are giving to a specific sponsor child at ODH, write their name and grade clearly on your Hope Box.
CHOOSE GIFTS TO BRING HOPE … Fill your Hope Box with gifts that will bring joy and hope to a child this Christmas. (see suggestions below)
HELP US SEND HOPE … A donation of $7 or more for each Hope Box you prepare will help us with shipping your Hope Box to Haiti. You can write a check to Open Door Haiti (memo: Hope Box) or send cash and place it in an envelope and attach it to the top of your Hope Box. For more than one Hope Box, please make one combined donation. You can also give by Credit Card by clicking on the “support this cause” picture below.
If you would like for our Christmas Hope Box volunteer team to prepare a Hope Box for you, simply send a donation of $35 to Open Door Haiti (memo: prepare Hope Box), and we will be sure that a child receives a Hope Box from you. Thank You!
HOPE BOX COLLECTION … For churches in Central Florida, you can drop off your Hope Box with your church representative by the first Sunday in December and we will pick them up. For churches or individuals that are not in Central Florida, please mail your Hope Boxes to our shipping address below, ensuring that they arrive no later than the first Sunday in December. Thank You!
If you would like to speak with your church leadership about your church’s participation in our Christmas Hope Box Outreach, you can download a copy of our Hope Box Outreach promotional flyer and share it with your church.
Open Door Haiti
5070 Orange Blvd
Sanford, FL 32771.
FILLING YOUR BOX WITH HOPE
SMALL TOYS – cars, trucks, balls (with pump if needed), dolls, action figures (no guns or knives please), stuffed animals (no rubber snakes), playing cards, dominoes, marbles, kazoos, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, checkers…
SCHOOL SUPPLIES – pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, erasers, crayons, washable markers, stickers, writing pads, calculators, coloring books, paint sets…
HYGIENE ITEMS – toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, tissues, nail file and clippers…
CLOTHES & MORE – shirts, skirts, shorts, socks, ball cap, hair clips, ribbons, sandals, sunglasses, plastic jewelry, watches, compact umbrella…
TREATS – Lollipops, assorted candies (please double bag all candy, NO chocolate), gum, granola bars, fruit snacks, snack-sized crackers or cookies (pre-packaged ONLY please)
A MESSAGE OF HOPE – In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. Our staff in Haiti will translate the message for you, or you can use Google Translate to share your message in Creole. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your sponsor child’s name as the return address to receive a note back.