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:
--kits with paint and ceramic animals
--bracelets, necklaces, and assorted jewelry
--foam alphabet letters
--baby dolls / stuffed animals
--toothbrushes and toothpaste
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??