Every year our church collects shoe boxes filled with Christmas toys and treats for Operation Christmas Child. It is a world wide effort to bring joy to children who normally wouldn't receive such blessings. The shoes boxes are collected and distributed all over the world by Samaritan's Purse. You can learn more here.
Today, the children and I spent our time shopping for our Christmas Children. We do this every year as a family and it is so much fun. There are 5 of us, so every year we fill 5 shoe boxes. We always enjoy deciding if our box will be for a boy or a girl. We even try to imagine what country our boxes will go to and how it will get there. This year I want my box to go to its village by elephant. :)
You'd be suprised how much you can fit into one shoe box! We always include little toys, puzzles, cuddly things, crayons, socks, and even small toiletries like wash clothes and soap. Truly, we have so much fun spreading everything out on the living room floor and filling each box.
This year, the girls and I all did boxes for little girls, and Rob and Sean did boxes for boys. Then to make each one even more special, we decorate the tops with stickers.
If you feel like getting in the Christmas spirit early this year, or you just want to be a blessing to some little ones far away, I'd definitely suggest this. You can even find out where you box ends up if you print out the tag online. (click on the link above to see how).
Next time, a little something about art...
blessings and happiness,