Love Shaped Like a Shoebox

My husband and I had quite a bit of fun shopping for and packing our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes this weekend. He, of course, filled his with all the stuff a little boy would love–a flashlight, baseball, Hot Wheels cars, and a Spiderman Pez dispenser, among other things. My shoebox, on the other hand, ended up with quite a bit more pink in it, and a lot of other things little girls enjoy, like hairclips, silly bands, a Strawberry Shortcake coloring book, and a ring pop. Both Joseph and I had an opinion about whose box was the best, and somehow I imagine that the little boy receiving Joseph’s shoebox would agree with him on the matter, while the little girl with my shoebox would side with me. After assembling our boxes, I printed out tracking barcodes from Samaritan’s Purse, so one day we’ll find out exactly where in the world our shoeboxes landed!  

This morning, our church joined with many others across the country in praying over all of the shoeboxes gathered and the many lives that will one day be touched by receiving them.

If you haven’t packed a shoebox yet, there’s still time for you to join in! National Collection Week begins tomorrow (November 15-22).

You can learn how to pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and print out instructions and labels HERE.

Find the nearest Shoebox Drop-Off Location in your area HERE.

Photo: Samaritan’s Purse

Experience the Joys of Packing

Later this week, I plan to take one of my young friends out to help me fill up two shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Picking out gifts for OCC is a great way for kids to learn about the joys of giving to others and provides a fun experience for adults and children to share together. Our church will collect the shoeboxes this coming Sunday morning, and I’m looking forward to participating.

Have you packed your shoebox yet? In the following video, the ladies of BarlowGirl share their advice on how to pack a box that a child will love. They have some great ideas!

National Collection Week is November 15-22. You can learn how to pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and print out instructions and labels HERE.

Find the nearest Shoebox Drop-Off Location in your area HEREor you can send your shoebox year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters:

Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Gifts Greeted with Gratitude

One of the big bummers for me around Christmas time these days is seeing children who already own far too much stuff tear into the beautifully wrapped packages of brand new stuff awaiting them on Christmas morning. Living in a materially wealthy society such as ours, it can be pretty tough to impress kids with your gift-giving. I’ve watched children move greedily from one newly opened gift to the next in rapid-fire succession as though they were sure something better had to be hidden somewhere in that pile. Somehow, the blessing of giving just doesn’t feel quite as real at that moment as it does when the one receiving reacts a little more like this… 

When you take part in Operation Christmas Child, you can be sure that even the simplest of gifts will be received with joy and gratitude.

National Collection Week is November 15-22. Please plan on being a part of blessing needy children around the world this Christmas.

You can learn how to pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and print out instructions and labels HERE.

Find the nearest Shoebox Drop-Off Location in your area HEREor you can send your shoebox year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters:

Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Photo: Samaritan’s Purse

Will You Give This Christmas Away?

“…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Acts 20:35

Christmas is in the air! Well, it is for those of us preparing for Operation Christmas Child anyway. If you’ve never participated in this terrific project, this year is your year. Operation Christmas Child provides you and your family with a terrific opportunity to remember that it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive as you prepare a simple shoebox full of gifts that a child on the other side of the world will never forget.

Matthew West and Amy Grant team up in this video to encourage us to “Give This Christmas Away.” I love watching the video footage of children receiving their shoeboxes. If you take part in OCC, you could be the reason for one of these precious smiles! 

National Collection Week is coming soon–November 15-22. Please plan on being a part of blessing needy children around the world this Christmas.

You can learn how to pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and print out instructions and labels HERE.

Find the nearest Shoebox Drop-Off Location in your area HEREor you can send your shoebox year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters:

Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Photo: Samaritan’s Purse