Last week we began a discussion about nurturing compassion in children by making food bags for the homeless. This week, we invite you to join our family as we become a part of Operation Christmas Child. Last year 8 million needy children, around the world, received shoe boxes full of gifts and love through Operation Christmas Child.
Over the last few months, our family has been purchasing items for our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Monday, the children began preparing their shoe boxes by looking at a map of our world. Next, we had a heart to heart talk about all of the needy children in the world. Of course since I went to Cambodia last year, this is not the first conversation we’ve had about children who need our love and support. I always keep it age appropriate, emphasizing how we can help.
Operation Christmas Child makes it very easy for our small family to get boxes to children around the world.
1. pack a shoebox with: toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy, hair clips, socks, caps, sunglasses and a personal note (if you’d like).
2. download a label: 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. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label shown below. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.
3. drop it off: use this link to find a drop off location in your area.
4. follow your box: If you make a donation online ($7.00 per box), you can follow your box to its destination. Last year, we received notice of our boxes being delivered to a small village in Mexico. It was very heartwarming for my children to know when and where their boxes had been delivered.
When I delivered simple toys like Play-doh to the children in Cambodia, they received them with pure joy and true gratitude. I want my children to know compassion for others and to live with this same joy and gratitude.
I try to never forget that we are very blessed to live in The United States. (You can actually compare your household income to others around the world.) Even though our children are young they use a portion of their own money towards these shoe boxes.
Shoe Boxes due NOVEMBER 15 – 22, 2010
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 NIV
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