Saturday, November 3, 2007

a new tradition

Last year we started a new tradition with the kids: making shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.

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.


Pam said...

Wow! What a generous and loving act. And, how about that super wonderful daughter you have- willing to give up her toys for someone else...true charity! You are raising your girls to be so accepting and caring of/toward others- that is awesome! Those boxes look super fun too! I think my daughter would love all those things in there! You did a great job!

Regina said...

I have heard of a similar program. The concept is awesome. I'm glad your daughter is learning to share God's love with others. How selfless!

Ruth said...

that's a great tradition. :)

Anonymous said...

What a great way to spend family time together, helping the less fortunate! I amsure those 2 little girls will be thrilled with their packages!

Sharon said...

Our little church started doing this last year. We packed 75 boxes!
This year we will do it again and we will do it for two girls Julia's age. It is something great to be involved with.

Melanie said...

What a great tradition and an even greater lesson you have started with your girls!

Louise said...

That is awesome, my kids to the with the grandparents every year!!

Mary said...

Thank you so much for joining hands with Sharon and I in the name of Jesus to Let Your Light Shine. I have donated these shoe boxes before, but was too late this year, so I chose other ways to give.


Sharon said...

I remember reading this post. Wouldn't you like to be over in a corner somewhere watching them open their boxes?
I tried to picture the girls and what they would want as I was picking out the things to put in the box.
Maybe one day we will meet the recipients in heaven because of what was done in love for Jesus.

Denise said...

You are such a sweet blessing.