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.