We have been participating in Operation Christmas Child for the past 7 years and it has become one of our family traditions that is most anticipated year after year.
Every year we plan a day to shop and the boy and I head out with our age group in mind (usually the boys age, so he can relate) and seek out treasures to stuff our shoeboxes with. The boy loves to shop and every year the only issue we run into is whether or not everything will fit!
We were first introduced to the Samaritan’s Purse project when the boy started kindergarten. Packing the shoeboxes was a huge focus during the weeks leading up to the holidays in the Primary school. The boy and I always have a great time shopping for gifts to put in the shoeboxes and talking about how fortunate we are to be able to help others. He was positively gleeful to deliver his filled shoeboxes back to school each year.
Operation Christmas Child has been gifting shoeboxes for 24 seasons and has blessed over 110 million children since 1993. The filled shoeboxes are collected and distributed to more than 100 countries, on 6 continents and deliver a message of love and joy to the children receiving them.
Through Operation Christmas Child doors are opened for Samaritan’s Purse to provide children, families, and communities with access to clean water, food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and more.
The Operation Christmas Child campaign is on right now and they can use your help. Pick up a shoe box, pack it and drop it off at a local collection centre (find one here) before Sunday, November 19th or you can pack a shoebox on-line year round.
If you want to pack your shoebox but are wondering what to put in it, check out this handy guide that breaks it down for you…happy packing!
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