If you are looking for an easy way for your kids to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, why not consider packing an Operation Christmas Child shoe box full of gifts for children overseas?
What is Operation Christmas Child?
Operation Christmas Child is a mission undertaken by the organization Samaritan’s Purse to bring the message of the gospel, as well as a box of goodies, to underprivileged children all around the globe.
Take a peek at this video to see what OCC does:
Pretty cool, right? (If you can’t see the video, click here)
I’ve discovered that shopping and packing for shoe boxes every year is an easy way that my preschool-aged kids can serve others.
How do I pack a shoe box?
OCC is collecting boxes this week, in order to get them to the children for Christmas, so you’ll want to run down to the store and pick up some items to put in your boxes.
I try to collect things all year long for our boxes. Back to school time is the best for buying things like pencils, crayons and erasers at good prices. I’ve also found some nice things at my local Dollar Tree. Here is a quick list of items that I like to purchase there for my shoe boxes:
Dollar Tree List:
Plastic box (if you don’t happen to have a shoe box)
All of your items should be new and in good condition. You’ll want to take a look at this list on the OCC website to make sure your items fit their guidelines.
What do I do when I’m done packing my shoe box?
When you are all done packing, go online to OCC to make a $7 donation per shoe box, which goes toward the cost of shipping your box. This is not only a good bargain (much cheaper than the post office!), but they will also email you to let you know the country where you box ended up. Last year, our boxes went to kids in Ukraine 🙂
Then take your box to your local collection center by November 25th…click here to look that up…and that’s it! You’ve helped make Christmas special for a child 🙂
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get your boxes packed!