When I was young, we had periods of time where we struggled. There were holidays with very little under the tree and then other years where we had more. But, through the years of struggle, there were always some gifts for us to open and celebrate the holiday – somehow, our family always managed a little something. I wasn’t a child who didn’t know what it was like to open a new toy and while I had years where I experienced hardship, it wasn’t quite as difficult as some children. I was reminded of this fact when I was given the opportunity to involve myself with Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse. I was so moved by the stories behind this movement that I couldn’t help but become involved and involve my oldest daughter as well.
Each year, Samaritan’s Purse collects shoe boxes (or shoe box size containers) that are filled according to varying ages (2-4, 5-7, or 8-10) with fun items, toys and even toiletry items for kids who otherwise wouldn’t have a holiday gift. As a mother who is always looking for the opportunity to help my daughters understand that our blessed life isn’t always a given, I found Operation Christmas Child a great way to do that. Below, you’ll find a video I created sharing more of our experience and then I will give you some additional information beyond that if you’d like to get involved, and I’m hoping you will once you see how the experience resonated with my oldest daughter.
If you would like to get involved in this fantastic venture to bring joy to the lives of children all over the world, you still have time to put a box together and get it to a local drop-off location. If you don’t have time to put your own box together but you would like to take part, you can go to the website and donate $30 to have a box created in your honor. You can also print labels off of the website that are trackable so you and your child can follow your box to the country it ends up in, further cementing your child’s connection to the cause. Here are the easy steps to follow to make your contribution. HOW TO PACK A BOX **National Collection week is Nov 12-19th** Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. 1. 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. 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. You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get a special label to learn the destination of you shoe box gift. 3. Fill it up! Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here. 4. Donate $7 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 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 Click here to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012. If you want to display this link to your bloggers, the hyperlink for our ‘Drop Off Locations’ page is http://share.theblogfrog.com/nf/109-O-82 You can also send shoe box gifts year-round to: Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child 801 Bamboo Road Boone, NC 28607 This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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