Today I’m sharing something that’s really close to my heart: Operation Christmas Child!
Operation Christmas Child is an outreach that I’m a huge believer in. By nature, we think of our needs over the needs of others and as I’m parenting my little ones, I try to look for creative ways that we can make a difference and teach our kids that it’s not all about them.
Packing a shoe box with your kids is easy, fun and it’s a perfect way to show your children that giving to others is a wonderful and FUN thing to do! The first thing that I did was show my kids the videos on the Operation Christmas Child website. These videos excited the kids and helped them understand that we’ll be shopping for a child that we don’t know in real life, but that we’ll be part of making his Christmas extra special.
After watching the videos that explain Operation Christmas Child, the kids picked out a boy 5-9 years old to shop for. When we went shopping for ‘our boy’ we made it a special shopping trip, where we didn’t buy anything except items for the shoe box. I know it isn’t always possible to plan a special trip but for us, it really helped the kids understand that these items are all being sent to bless this child.
Next, we decorated our shoe box with wrapping paper and loaded up the box. While we loaded the box, we talked a lot about how it feels to give to someone else and how this boy will feel when he opens up the box. I feel like this is a great way to teach our kids that giving to others is something that God calls us to do and we are blessed, to be able to bless others!
On the Operation Christmas Child website, you’ll find simple and detailed instructions regarding what CAN and CAN NOT go into the shoe box. Also, you’ll find many drop off locations near you. Shoe boxes must be packed and dropped off between November 17-24th so, you still have time!
On November 15th, I will be at LifeWay Christian Stores in Tukwila from 12:00pm-2:00pm for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox event. I would LOVE to see all of your faces there. Will you join me in making a difference this Christmas season? Follow this link to find out more about this event! I can’t wait to see you all there!
Plus, when you stop by and visit, if you drop off a shoebox you can ENTER TO WIN a facial from Aveda South Hill Mall ($50 value!). We hope you will join us and help us FILL A TRUCK and make a difference in the lives of children.
See you there!