For several years, our family has been participating in Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a nonprofit program that collects and distributes shoe boxes filled with goodies to millions of children in need all over the world.
Since 1993, over 95 million shoe box gifts have been delivered to children in over 130 countries. The gifts provide tangible evidence of God’s love and often open doors to tell boys and girls and their families about salvation through Jesus Christ.
Getting your family involved in packing shoe boxes is a great way to teach your children about generosity, kindness, and compassion. Check out the video below with my children showing you a little more about what goes into these boxes!
Fill your boxes with items from the Dollar Store, $1 at Target or even things you’ve collected throughout the year – McDonald’s toys, forgotten trinkets from your children, soaps and shampoos from hotels, candy from Halloween… There’s lots of ways to pack your box efficiently and frugally!
Don’t forget to add a picture of your family and a letter to the child your box goes to. It’s a great way to let them know that you’ve prayed for them and personally selected the items just for them!
Want to get involved? It’s simple!
1. Shoe box
Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.
2. Boy or Girl
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.
3. Fill with gifts
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page and in our video.
4. Include $7 Donation
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.
5. Drop Off
Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop it off at the collection center nearest you during our collection week, November 12-19, 2012.
Make sure to go online and pay your $7 donation and follow your box to it’s final destination!
You can also go online to Samaritan’s Purse and follow the steps to packing a box at your home or even online – they’ll even do it for you! It’s that easy!
Here’s your chance to make a difference
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.