This week is collection week for Operation Christmas Child!
If you’ve never heard of the organization before, they’re ran by Samaritan’s Purse.
A nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Specifically, Operation Christmas Child has been running since 1993.
More than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
This is our third year participating. I first learned about this campaign through my MOPS group, where we all brought in supplies to make boxes within our tables. Last year, my girls and I did it at home. This year, this past weekend, we went over to Target and bought two plastic shoe boxes and filled them with things for younger girls.
Need ideas for what to put into your shoebox?
Here’s a few, plus a video you can watch with your kiddos, to show them how to pack your own shoebox and how it helps kids around the world.
We filled our boxes for with a barbie and small toys, jewelry, hair clips, candy and snacks, coloring kit, playdoh, toothbrush and toothpaste, gloves, socks, and it wouldn’t be complete without a super special note for each of the recipients. I found this idea on Pinterest, and loved it!
It says, “This is my hand. When you place your hand on mine, think about me. I prayed for you to receive this box.”
What’s great about helping with Operation Christmas Child as well, is being able to follow where the boxes go. You get to find out where in the world your shoebox gifts are going by making a $7 per box donation online.
You’ll print out a shoebox label with a special barcode that enables OCC to track each shoebox, along with an e-mail with the destination of your gift, and info about OCC in that country. If your boxes go to more than one country, you will receive more than one e-mail.
Once you’ve done that, just find your nearest drop-off location and make sure you get it there by next Monday, November 25th!
Now, if you want to help but don’t feel like you have the time or effort to build a shoebox yourself. No worries! You can actually build a shoebox online, pay for it, and OCC will do all the work for you.
There’s really no excuse not to help!
If you think your church, MOPS, or any other group would like to get involved, feel free to order free supplies for a packing party, GO boxes, and more!