Monday, November 11, 2013

Operation Shoebox

Every year, the kids and I look forward to packing a few shoeboxes for 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!
This year was very special.  Instead of buying everything new, my children picked some of their (barely used) toys to donate as well.  It is very important to me that both kids realize how blessed their lives are, and understand that it is our responsibility to pass on our blessings to those less fortunate.
 We also went to Target to pick out some special 'new' items as well.  Justin insisted that the little boy who gets his box would LOVE Thomas toothpaste!

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