I have packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child since before I had kids. Now that I have kids, together we pack one for a boy and girl each year. If you haven’t heard of Operation Christmas Child, here are the details:
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
In our family, we save the toys from birthday party goody bags or trips to the fast food restaurant, stockpile soap from my husband’s business trips, stash our lollipops from trips to the bank, and then add more candy, more toys, and toiletries like toothpaste, tooth-brush, and a wash rag. Since my trip to Haiti in February, I am now passionate about including a pair of inexpensive flip-flops, too. The Haitian kids often had shoes for school, if they were lucky enough to attend a school, but didn’t necessarily have shoes otherwise.
Another awesome thing about OCC is that you can pay the $7 shipping fee for your shoebox online and track your package. Last year one shoebox went to Zambia and the other went to Tobago! It was so cool to check out the world map as a family and see how far away the shoeboxes, filled with love, had been sent!
Shoebox collection is happening this week, November 18-25. Check here for a drop-off location near you. Or build a box online at Samaritan’s Purse and send it on its way.
Oh, yea, and if you’re a fan of Duck Dynasty then you’ll love Uncle Si’s take on packing a shoebox. Bottle rockets–really, Si!?