Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Operation Christmas Child

I've mentioned before that I think volunteering and helping with charitable causes is such a great thing to do. A responsibility, even. Something that I think everyone should do.

This month, we decided to get involved with Operation Christmas Child.

Did you know that many many children across the world won't get anything for Christmas? Literally, nothing. And as someone who has such a heart for children, that makes me sad.

But truly, we can make a difference.
With Operation Christmas Child, you pack a shoebox (or similar sized container) with a variety of gifts for a child. Things any kid would like, such as toys, art supplies, school supplies, and/or basic hygiene things. You're able to indicate if your box is for a boy or a girl, and age categories 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

The special thing about these boxes though, is what Operation Christmas Child deems the most important factor: praying for the child who will receive your box. I think that's especially special!

We knew that this was something we wanted to participate in, so for about a month, we shopped around and took advantage of sales when we could. Here's what we ended up with:


Among other things, we have:
--little purses
--kits with paint and ceramic animals
--bracelets, necklaces, and assorted jewelry
--playing cards
--sports balls
--rubber duckies
--foam alphabet letters
--dominoes
--soap
--playdough
--baby dolls / stuffed animals
--crayons
--toothbrushes and toothpaste
--socks
--hot wheels
--lego sets

While it may look like we had a lot of stuff, it all condensed down into six boxes. Three girl boxes and three boy boxes. 
Kaylee filled out an all about me letter to include for the kiddos. If you share your address, the children may write back! 

After you fill and pack the boxes, you pay $7 per box to cover all the shipping and handling and delivery fees. The people who work with Operation Christmas Child who deliver the boxes to the kiddos share the love of Jesus with them, and I'm certain it's just a beautiful moment. 

This was a really great activity we could do together as a family, which is important to me. Obviously Isabelle wasn't much help, but Kaylee enjoyed thinking about the other kids and what toys they may like to have. Additionally, it's important to me that she realize how very blessed she is, and have an awareness that there are many people in need that we are capable of helping.

What fun things are you doing to start out the Christmas season??

44 comments:

  1. Our church is the local hub for Operation Christmas child. It's amazing to see a semi-truck filled to the brim with these boxes. Each year at our church, the children help put the boxes together. It's fantastic.

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  2. This is awesome... I am going to check it out! What a great idea!

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  3. i seriously love this! what an incredible thing to do with your daughter!

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  4. Love this idea. It's a great way to get the kids involved as well.

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  5. this is a really great idea and i know it will bless those precious kids. we usually do an angel child with salvation army.

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  6. we packed up our boxes a few weeks ago. love this tradition and the eternal impact it has!

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  7. Such a great way to give. And especially to help teach Kaylee when she's young that Christmas isn't just about getting gifts for herself, it's about serving others! (well, ultimately it's about Jesus being born, but you get the idea)

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  8. @ Samantha, I think it would be really fun for you and Gwen!

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  9. Does this site have a page on Facebook?

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  10. This is such an awesome idea. I would love to get involved with something like this! Helping at this time of year is really important. :)

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  11. What a wonderful cause I'm going to look them up myself. I also wanted to let you know you won the "vibe" giveaway. Yep. Send me an email with your address and I'll send it out pronto.

    XO, Rach

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  12. What a great idea! I always do the Angel Tree at church for a local kid.

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