Around the holidays I always like to look for something my family and I can do together to help someone else. I really enjoy teaching my children about gratitude and how we can help others. This year I learned about Operation Christmas child, a wonderful organization that sends the presents you collect in a shoe box to children around the world in need.
When I told my girls what we were going to do they got very excited. They wanted to put a million things in our box and quickly decided that they wanted their box to be for a girl age 5-9. They are pretty girly, it would have shocked me seeing them pick out boy things for sure!
They were so sweet at the store when they were deciding what we should put in the box, Crayons and paper were a must, Also my daughters absolute favorite toy, a mini lalaloopsy figure, They chose some tooth brushes, some cute bandaids, and a few boxes of candy along with some other items they wanted to send.
They loved talking about this mystery girl that will get our box, and how much they think she will enjoy the presents. They also included some drawings that they made to personalize our box. I also loved how carefully they packed the box making sure each item was placed in a good spot. They loved this project so much and it really made me feel like they were understanding service in a new way.
Want to pack your own box? Here are the simple direction, also listed here.
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.
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 the 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 Clickhereto find the closest drop-off location during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012.
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.