When I attended the Relevant Conference last month, I spoke with a representative from Operation Christmas Child.
I’d heard of the program before but, preferring to give locally, never really looked into it. I spoke with the representative politely, gathering as much information as I could about the program, unconvinced that sending Christmas gifts to children overseas was right for my family’s charitable efforts.
When I got home, there was a book in my bag about a little boy who received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child. As I read that book to Grace, it spoke to my heart.
I realized that children around the world need Christmas magic, just the same as the ones in my community.
I decided to donate a shoebox or two at that very moment. I imagined that Grace and I could work on it together, and I hoped that we could share the happiness, the satisfaction that comes from sharing the spirit of Christmas with others.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. –Hebrews 13:16
Once I started looking, I found Operation Christmas Child tips and tricks all over the internet.
- The official How to Pack a Shoebox page at Operation Christmas Child
- The tracking site where you can follow your shoe box around the world
- Amanda at Impress Your Kids shared photos of her own children packing shoe boxes to send to Operation Christmas Child
- Andrea at The Savings Lifestyle explains how she became involved in Operation Christmas Child and shares a video from someone who received one
- Stacy at Threads gave suggestions for throwing an Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
- Clair at Mummy Deals explained how to pack shoe boxes on a budget (this link goes to part 1 of a 10 part series)
- Sarah from Real Life posted about shopping with her children for items to fill their boxes at Kingdom First Mom and wrote about filling shoe boxes inexpensively on her own site
October 15-22 is Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week.
Will you fill a shoe box?
We certainly will. I’ll share pictures when we’re finished.
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