Operation Extend Christmas: Doing Contact Work With Old Christmas Trees

January 6, 2013

Thanks to Amanda Farrington, volunteer leader in Charlotte, NC for passing along this fun contact work idea


Operation Extend Christmas: the best way to entertain your high school
friends for free! 

Last night we had a YL camp reunion. Thirteen of my friends and I had a cabin reunion
to hang out, eat lots of food, and talk about whats been going on
since weekend camp. Madison Hill, our camp speaker (he was great, ask
him to come speak to your high school friends
) shared some funny
adventures he took with his YL leader as a high schooler. 

Knowing the
girls would be obsessed with pulling some type of prank we decided on
Operation Extend Christmas. The whole idea was to stuff people in our
cars, blast music, go around the neighborhood pick up all the Christmas trees on
the curb and place them lovingly in another Young Life leader’s yard.
After about 40 minutes and several truckloads of trees we placed 30+
Christmas trees, 1 couch and a shelf in that leaders yard. 

The best
part? The next morning we woke up to Twitter going crazy, Instagram
pictures galore, and the girls talking about how much fun they had last
night. We had a mini photo shoot in the day light so the girls could
display their hard work and neighbors stopped by admiring our work and
thanking us for taking their trees asking why we did this. Watching
high school girls proudly state this was their leaders house and
explain what Young Life is was a very cool thing! 

Something fun and
easy that makes memories. Operation Extend Christmas…hurry up and do
this, for sure a hit!!

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