Operation Christmas Child. If you haven't heard of it, it is a wonderful program that brings the joy of Christmas to children around the world who have literally never received a gift. We pack the shoebox (in our case, plastic shoeboxes that the kids can reuse to carry water and/or wash clothing) with essentials (toothpaste, toothbrush, washcloth, soap), some toys (cars, crayons, balls, dolls), something specific (a shirt, hat, sweater, etc) and a whole lot of prayer. We believe that God directs each box exactly to the child that needs it-- so if you put a pair of (for example, size 11 shoes) in a box, they will go to a little girl who needs that size shoe. The testimonials on the website are pretty amazing!