Operation Christmas Child

My girls were invited to an Operation Christmas Child Packing Party this past weekend and were so excited for the opportunity! The amazing family that hosted this packing party has collected toys, hygiene items, craft supplies, clothing, socks, and other items throughout the year. The girls got to help them assemble the boxes and made notes to place in the boxes for the children who will receive them. They ended up packing 50 boxes!!! So amazing!

We wanted to involve our boys in this opportunity too, so our family headed to Target after church on Sunday morning and decided to buy items for a 2-4 year old boy. The kids helped pick out toys, socks, band-aids, a stuffed animal, hygiene items, and a stocking hat for this little guy. When we got home we found a shoebox and the boys got to put the box together. It’s tough to have lengthy conversations with the boys because they are only 2 & 4, but we were able to talk about what it would be like to not get any gifts during Christmas or most likely all year. We talked about how exciting it would be to get a gift from someone that didn’t know us and how good it feels to be able to provide a gift for someone in need. They were engaged for only about 4 minutes to pack, talk, and then pray for the recipient of the box, but I’ll take that as a win! These little moments matter and I’m glad we all got to be a part of such an amazing program. We donated $9 online to help pay for shipping and got a label to put on the box. The thing my kiddos are the most excited about is that you get a tracking label for your box to see where it ended up. This is HUGE for them! I love this part of the program too–it just helps bring the whole opportunity full circle!

Operation Christmas Child is collecting shoebox gifts and there are drop off locations all over the US. The drop off period for the boxes is November 13-20, so there is still time to get your crew involved. This is a really easy project to do with your family and what a great way to start this holiday season thinking about how much we have and how we could use it to bless others.

We picked up a flier about the program about a month ago at Hobby Lobby so you can head there for a box/plastic container and fill it full of goodies, or you can use a shoebox you have and follow the instructions on the Samaritan’s Purse website. For more detailed information about the Operation Christmas Child Program:¬†https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box

Happy Packing!!!

-Stephanie