Looking back on your childhood you always have special memories that stick out more than others. One of those memories for me was in Elementary school. Our school bus driver was one of the happiest and sweetest ladies I’ve ever met. One Christmas she arranged with all the families a day to get all the kids together and pack shoeboxes for kids in need. I strongly remember how great it felt to be helping someone else. Now that I have children I want to instill that same drive to help others in them as well. The past few years we have been partaking in Operation Christmas Child which is organized by Samaritan’s Purse. As the boys get older I’d like to find other ways to help as well but for now, we are starting small.
So what is Operation Christmas Child? Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. The boxes are filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys. National collection week is November 13-20 and you can find your closest drop off location by checking out their website Samaritan’s Purse , you can also find suggestions on what to fill your shoebox with as well as make a $9 donation to find out who receives your box! If you can’t make it to the store or a drop off location before November 20 you could pack a box right on the website! You may also want to see if your local Chick Fil A is participating, when we lived in MD many of the local Chick Fil A locations were drop off points and even rewarded you with a free chicken sandwich.
Here’s a picture of our shoebox from last year. We included markers, pencils, coloring books, notepads, stickers, crayons, a soccer ball, yo-yo, soap, washcloth and toy cars.
How do you give back during the holiday season? We are always looking for new ways!