♫ On the Second Day of Giving,
The kids helped me,
Pack a shoebox,
For those who live overseas. ♫
Operation Christmas Child is run by an international relief organization called Samaritan’s Purse. It’s purpose is to provide children around the world with gifts for Christmas who may not otherwise receive anything, opening the door to spread Christianity across the world. The idea of to pack a shoebox full of things that are both useful and fun to play with.
The kids and I took a trip to the store in search of gifts we could pack up in our boxes. My son packed the boys box and my daughter packed the girls box, searching for things that would be perfect for a child their own age.
They picked out toys like a doll, playdoh, balls, balloons, and yoyo, but we also picked essentials that they may not have frequent access to – things like toothpaste, a toothbrush, paper, crayons, and a pencil box. Whatever we could find and could fit made it into the boxes.
Those boxes fill up fast! We had to leave a few items out because we just couldn’t make them fit in there. We’ll have to bring the boxes with us to the store next year and pack them as we shop to make sure it fits.
The kids were excited to drop them off at the collection place and wanted to know where their boxes would go. Apparently you can get a label that tracks them for an extra cost, but we were happy to know that some boy and girl would receive theirs.
If you want to get into the action, you still can. Shoebox collection week has closed, but you can still bring your box to one of their eight Processing Centers around the country through December 16. The online giving option is also still available.