Have you ever heard of Operation Christmas Child? We found out about it 2 years. It’s such a great organization.
You take a standard shoebox and fill it with toys and treats for a child in need. You can choose if you want to fill for a boy or girl and what age range: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
My kids have such a blast with it each year. We go to a local store and shop with a certain age in mind. We save room for some treats. Who doesn’t like a sweet treat every once in awhile?
Here are simple ideas for packing a shoebox:
Yo-yo, Slinky, harmonica, small plush animal, hairbands, small cars, stickers, coloring books, candy necklaces.
Imagine the delight on a child’s face who never receives a present. Who never has had anything to call their own.
It has truly shown that them Christmas is not only about receiving. It’s about thinking of others who have much less than we do.
Just like most children I know they take it for granted that they received presents. That they can actually make a list and receive some of the things they want most.
We all take our wants and needs for granted.
My need list:
A new robe (it’s not so soft anymore)
New sheets (faded, discolored)
A wafflemaker (fell apart a few weeks ago)
My needs list doesn’t even fully comprehend what a ‘NEED’ is. My needs list is almost embarassing.
A child in need:
What’s a robe? I don’t even have a coat.
I wish I had a bed of my own.
I’ve never heard of a waffle. I’ve only ever had oatmeal.
A needy child’s need list:
So challenge yourself to give to others in need this Christmas. We are so blessed by God here in America.
Go make a difference in this world. It doesn’t take much.
Have you ever packed a shoebox for a child? If so, what was your experience?
Love and blessings,
You can read all about packing a shoebox here.
I’m on a journey of reaching out to others. Hand to hand. Heart to heart. To read about my past weeks of helping check out these links.
Week 1 – Nursing Home
Week 2 – Umbrella and a Smile
Week 3: – A Visit
Week 4: – Teaching the Little Ones
Week 5: – Small Difference
Week 6: Gift of Gratitude, Just Because
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