Every year a wonderful thing happens; children in orphanages all over the world are presented with a shoe box full of goodies from toys and books to personal hygiene products. How are these boxes delivered? They are shipped by volunteers of Samaritan Purse who run the Operation Christmas Child national program. Where do these boxes come from? People like you!
Operation Christmas Child’s mission is to give kids, who wouldn’t normally get a single gift, a happy Christmas. But they need help to do this. Wouldn’t you want to be the one responsible for bringing a smile to a child on Christmas?
|The shoe box and items I put together for Operation Christmas Child in 2011.|
What you need to do:
1. Find a normal-sized shoe box (not for construction boots) or a 6-quart plastic storage box with a lid.
2. Pick an age group and gender for your shoe box.
The age groups are 2-4, 5-9, 10-14.
3. Buy items appropriate for the age and sex of the child and pack it all into the shoe box.
TIP #1: You don’t have to buy anything expensive. I bought everything at the dollar store.
Hair Brush/Hair Ties
TIP #2: Put toothpaste and soap into separate Ziploc baggies.
4. Participants have included photos of themselves and a letter to the child. I’ve read that many children have written in return.
5. You can wrap the box with Christmas wrapping paper. If you do, wrap the lid and box separately. Then get a label to put on top with the age group and gender clearly written.
TIP #3: Let your kids decorate the box with markers, glitter, stickers, whatever they want.
6. Fit two rubber bands around the shoe box to keep it closed.
7. You can add $7 to help with shipping costs, but this is not mandatory.
8. Locate a collection site where you can drop off your shoe box. Find your local drop-off.
National Pick-Up Week is Nov 16-23.
9. You can even track your box to see where it goes. You'll have to get a tracking label from Samaritan's Purse, which costs $7 on their website.
10. Tell your friends to do this fun, charitable project with their kids.
I first found out about Operation Christmas Child in 2009 when I read an article about it in my local newspaper. I still have that article. And this year, I'm doing it with my nephews.