Operation Christmas Child


Have you heard of Operation Christmas Child?  It’s a pretty simple concept: you pack a shoe box full of goodies, take it to a designated drop-off location and it gets delivered to a child in a third world country – a child who may have never received a gift in his or her life.  It’s a simple and fun way to give.  I personally love packing shoe boxes because of this simple fact: I love buying gifts.  When I find something I just know someone will love I have THE HARDEST TIME keeping it hidden until Christmas (or birthday, or whatever).  I get all giddy and excited and try to give it to them early just because I can’t wait any longer.  It’s bad.  This is the reason why I could never buy gifts months in advance.  And this is the reason why I love OCC so much.  As I walk the store aisles, picking out toys and school supplies, I imagine how the child will react to the gifts – it’s so much fun.  Once you send off your box you can even track it all the way to its final destination!

This year we packed two shoes boxes.  Laura and I each filled one.  It’s an awesome opportunity to teach your kids about giving and children in need around the world.


If you’ve never packed a shoe box before – do it!  National Collection week is November 18-25.  You can search for a drop-off location near you here.  For more information about what to include in your box visit Operation Christmas Child.

Have you packed an Operation Christmas Child box before?

2 thoughts on “Operation Christmas Child

  1. This is our 1st year doing the Christmas boxes:) All packed & ready to go! So excited about the option to track them, too. I couldn’t have been more excited buying stuff for these boxes than if I were buying for my own kiddos!
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