Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's the Season of Giving - Operation Christmas Child

Now that Little C is old enough to start understanding what it is to do nice things for others, we are really focusing on gratitude, giving and acts of kindness this holiday season. Our first mission was to fill a couple shoe boxes with gifts for children less fortunate than she! Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child collects shoe boxes every year and distributes them to children all around the world. If you'd like to send a shoe box you still have time before National Collection Week ends Nov 24! Look here to find a drop-off location near you.

I don't want to bore you here with all the details so if you're interested in donating or just learning more, please visit the Samaritan's Purse website. What I will say is that you don't have to spend a lot to make a child smile. We went to the dollar store, bought 2 plastic shoe boxes (you can use cardboard but I figured the box could be used for something after it was unpacked) and filled them with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. In the end, it cost $13/box to fill plus $7/box to help cover shipping costs - and we packed those boxes to the brim! It took 3 rubber bands on each to keep them closed!

I forgot to take a picture while we were packing, but here are our finished boxes!

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