I am so excited to be participating in Operation Christmas Child this year. My kids and I have had such a blast putting these together. Operation Christmas Child is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1993 to bring shoe boxes of gifts to children in need all over the world. Their goal this year is to surpass 100 million boxes since their beginnings! So, they are asking for help from anyone who can. It is very easy, and so much fun to be a part of it. They are collecting gifts Nov. 12-19th.
Watching this video really touched our family- I was brought to tears as I watched it. My children and I discussed it after and shard the feelings we had about wanting to help these children.
1. Shoe Box
Use an empty shoe box or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box, but wrapping is not required. We put a fun colored scarf around the inside of a clear box. That way they can use the box and the scarf again.
2. Boy or Girl
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label on the website. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape it to the top of your box.
3. Fill With Gifts
Fill the box with a variety of gifts , toys & needs. See ideas for gifts here. You can also include a note to the child in your box.
Things we included in our boxes:
Bars of soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, chapstick, stickers, school supplies (crayons, pencils, colored pencils), coloring books, a few small toys (balls, plastic animals, baby dolls, marbles, toy cars, recorder, play-dough) candy, a note written by my children.
4. Include $7 donation
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.
5. Drop Off
Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop it off at the collection center nearest you during our collection week, November 12-19, 2012.
For locations and hours of collection visit the Drop-Off Locations page.
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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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.