It is better to give than to receive, and this year for Christmas Baybah is learning that valuable lesson by creating an Operation Christmas Child box for a child in need. Operation Christmas Child, started in 1993, brings joy to needy children around the world through a gift-filled shoe box sent with generosity and love. More than 94 million shoe boxes have been delivered to children in more than 130 countries, and they hope to achieve a special milestone of more than 100 million boxes with our help.
Baybah was so excited to pack our Operation Christmas Child Box. My husband and I told him that these gifts would go to a very special little boy to make sure that he has a merry Christmas too.
We decided that we wanted our box to look as fun as the things inside so we used a clear container with colored pencils all around it. Our Operation Christmas Child Box is going to be for a 2-4 year old little boy. Since Baybah is 3, we knew exactly what to fill the box with for the little boy it will be donated to. Baybah loves to color, so we added a couple of coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. We also added a foam alphabet puzzle and ball. And best of all, according to Baybah, is the two super hero cars. We hope that the little boy loves our box and has as much fun playing with the things as we did packing them!
Here are Instructions on How You Can Pack Your Own Operation Christmas Child Box
**National Collection week is Nov 12-19th**
Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
1. Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required.
2. Boy or Girl?
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get a special label to learn the destination of you shoe box gift.
3. Fill it up!
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here.
4. Donate $7
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our Follow Your Box option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.
5. Drop Off
Click here to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.