Do you see the smile on his face? It’s my son’s favorite time of the year and not just because Christmas is right around the corner, but it’s also time for him to help me find toys and other things for others who might not have a Christmas otherwise. Every year, right after Halloween we decide as a family what organization we are going to donate to for the holidays. We have worked with area Children’s Homes, my son’s school, and the Salvation Army in the past. This year we decided to focus on Operation Christmas Child and make a shoe box filled with gifts for a little girl.
I think it is important to say that teaching my children to be generous, caring, kind and compassionate isn’t something that we concentrate on only during the holidays, it’s something we do year round. How? Leading by example. Whenever we can we try to do something nice for someone less fortunate whether it’s inviting a family over for dinner who do not have money for food or donating our past seasons clothes to Goodwill or similar charity. I have even been known to do something small like pay the toll for the car behind me when going through the toll booth on our interstate. Each small thing we do throughout the year not only makes us feel good, but it helps others and that is something worth passing down to my children.
How can you do the same thing? Join us by sharing a shoe box with a child less fortunate.
Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
How To Pack A Shoe Box
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. A list of suggested gift items is available here.
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 our 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
Click here to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012.
You can also send shoe box gifts year-round to:
Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607
About Operation Christmas Child
“Operation Christmas Child, a non-profit organization that has inspired millions to pack Christmas shoe-box gifts for children in developing countries around the world. This year, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone with more than 100 million children receiving shoe box gifts since 1993. That means at least 100 million children will have experienced hope and the love of Jesus Christ! BUT, it doesn’t have to stop there. Their plan is to go above and beyond 100 million. There are over 2 billion children in the world and half live in poverty. They hope to collect more shoe box gifts for children this year to reach as many as possible.”
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.