We make two boxes for little girls ages 2-4 (although we'll keep changing the age category as our girls get older) which get sent to children over the world for Christmas. Most of these kids don't get gifts at Christmastime (or any other time, for that matter) and not only can we bless these children with special treats, but we can also teach our children about giving to those less fortunate.
In fact, tonight as we were getting ready to pack the boxes with the items I had purchased this afternoon, Joelle generously offered to go downstairs to get some of her own toys. Used items are not permitted to get sent along -- but it touched my heart knowing that my 4 year old daughter was willing to part with some of her toys so that someone who didn't have any toys of their own could play with them.
This year we packed our two identical boxes with items such as sunglasses, hair ties, bracelets, crayons, coloring books, stuffed snowmen, stickers, play-doh, balls, skipping ropes, purses, tiaras, notebooks, and suckers. We also included a picture of the girls for whichever little girls get our gifts.
If you want to participate in this Christmas charity, the collection week for these boxes is the week of November 12 - 19. Click here to read more about Operation Christmas Child and to find out drop-off places near you.