I’m always looking for ways to teach my kids gratitude. This week, we are filling empty shoeboxes with toys, toothpaste, stickers, crayons and small gifts to give it to an impoverished child for Christmas!
For several years, we’ve participated in Operation Christmas Child. It’s easy and it teaches a profound lesson during this Thanksgiving season! Follow these simple steps:
HOW TO PACK A SHOE BOX (from Operation Christmas Child)
1. GATHER A SHOEBOX & PRINT THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND LABELS
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. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.
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. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.
3. FILL WITH GIFTS
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.
4. INCLUDE YOUR DONATION
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 our EZGIVE 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
Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at the Collection Center nearest you during the collection week.
Operation Christmas Child delivers thousands and thousands of filled shoeboxes at Christmas to underprivileged children all over the world.
It’s a wonderful idea to do with your children. We are filling ours this week!
DROP OFF DEADLINE is NOV. 19, so hurry!
Have you ever participated?
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