The Sonshine Box

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I really wanted to send more than just a card to encourage her during her recovery.

During one of my (almost) daily visits to Pinterest, I noticed the idea to send a box sunshine – an assortment of yellow goodies.

What is more cheerful and sunny then a box of yellow treats?!

The Sonshine Box - Send a box of encouragement! Post includes free printable verses.

I filled it with mostly silly items: yellow toe socks, sparkly (sort of tacky) yellow bracelet, yellow candy, yellow nail polish, an assortment of yellow polka dot party goods (in hopes she’d soon have something to celebrate), etc. She re-named it the “Sonshine box”. Of course!!

And so the Sonshine box was born!

I’m now on a mission to gather lots of yellow goodies knowing that many others in my circle could use a box of Sonshine.

Who might need a box of Sonshine:

  • Woman going through a divorce
  • Widow
  • Mom struggling with newborn/post-partum depression
  • Anyone undergoing treatments for cancer
  • One suffering from a long-term illness

Really anyone in a difficult circumstance would benefit from a box.

Yellow ideas for your box:

  • Flip-flops
  • Toe socks
  • Candy
  • Nail polish
  • Notecards
  • Journal
  • Note pads
  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Pens
  • Leis
  • Body Pouf
  • Flower Seeds
  • Lotion
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon Tea
  • Yellow scripture verses (see below!)

Ideas for your Sonshine box.

Shopping tips:

  • Browse your local Dollar Tree (Dollar Store, Mighty Dollar, etc.)
  • Check the dollar section of Target
  • Arts & Crafts stores, such as Michaels and AC Moore, often have baskets of goodies
  • Stock up when you find things on clearance

Scripture Verses:

I’ve created 4 sets of notes for your boxes – each one includes a different verse of encouragement. Feel free to print them all, mix and match, or just use one set.

Free printable verses for Sonshine boxes from Women's Ministry Toolbox.

I took one verse and placed it in a 4×6 frame from Hobby Lobby. You could also laminate them and put a magnet on back.

Click the link to open the free PDF file.

corner sun sonshine set
orange rays sonshine set
yellow white sonshine set
orange waves sonshine set

There are so many ways you could utilize this idea in your Women’s Ministry.

  1. Plan an evening where you assemble boxes to send out (homebound members, college students, names submitted).
  2. Add this to the tasks of your Care Committee.
  3. Create a submission process for the women of your church to request a box for another woman.
  4. Collect donations from your church for the boxes (lessening the budget burden).
  5. Create a Sonshine Bag, instead of a box, and personally deliver them (along the lines of Blessing Bags)

Whether you take this on as a team project or a personal mission, spreading a little Sonshine is a great way for us to show love to one another.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I have been wanting a sunny way to cheer up stressed college kids! I watch these kids work so hard to find their place in this world & I want to remind them that it will all be okay & God has a plan for their lives! I googled Box of Sunshine & there you were. I have to tell you I love Sonshine vs sunshine!…. What a blessing!

  2. Ann, you are so very welcome. I am so excited to hear you all will be using these! I hope and pray they’ll be a blessing to many!

  3. Thank you for the pre-printed verses that will be just the finishing touch we were looking for. We’d like to begin this ministry at our church and know that these boxes & God’s Word will surely brighten each recipient.

  4. Oh Wendy! We have friends that lost their son to a brain tumor several years back…it just breaks your heart…
    So glad I’ve given you an idea to add a little sunshine to their day! 🙂

  5. What a wonderful idea! A few months ago I met a woman whose 9 year old daughter has a rare form of brain cancer… the Lord has placed heavily upon my heart to praypraypray for their family, and I’ve also been looking/thinking of some other way to minister to them… This is just the thing! Thank you for sharing!

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