Friday, November 13, 2009

operation christmas child

Four years ago, we started a family tradition that we will continue for years and years to come -- participating in Operation Christmas Child, run by Samaritan's Purse. The idea is you choose a gender and an age category and then you fill a shoebox with items for an underprivileged child in another country. Items like school supplies, sanitary items and toys.

Each of our girls pack a box for another young girl their age, and today was the day we bought the items and packed the boxes. Both boxes are almost identical, the only differences being in colors or patterns of things chosen. I had so much fun with my girls shopping for things that could very well be the only presents these kids will get all year round.

Each box consisted of the following:
1 Activity/Coloring book, 1 box of pencil crayons, 1 box of crayons, a handful of pencils, 1 cute little notebook, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 face cloth, 1 bar of soap, 2 toothbrushes, 1 bag of marbles, 1 stuffed toy, 1 slinky, 2 head bands, 3 bracelets, 1 pack of stickers, and a handful of suckers.

I know our girls can't quite fathom the idea that these children who will be receiving these boxes may not get anything else for Christmas other than what we send them. We can tell them, but I don't think they can quite picture it. I want to teach our daughters that there are people out there who are less fortunate than we are and that we can bless them by sending them gifts.

I am proud of my girls for the enthusiasm that they show every year when we do this, and how willing they are to give up the new purchases instead of whining and begging to see if they can keep them for themselves.

(If you are interested in this ministry, please stop by Samaritan's Purse website to get the info you need. I believe it is only Canadian right now, although I could be wrong.)


Bailey said...

We always do the 10-14 year old boy, because I once heard that it is the least popular because it is the hardest category to buy for.
A friend of ours went with Samaritan's Purse to Nicaragua in August to give out shoeboxes!
(We're in Mantoba too, but if you're not in Canada, go to this website instead:

ValleyGirl said...

We love doing these, too! I just picked up my boxes yesterday, so filling them will be our project for this week. Last year, I took a bunch of pictures of the girls packing the boxes, printed them out and made a handmade Christmas card with them so that the kids who got the gifts would have a better idea who the gifts were from.

Kathy and Carl said...

It's good to have activities for your children that help them focus outward to other people. Good for you for making that a lasting tradition that makes a difference in the world

andrea said...

i so love these shoeboxes! we do them every year too! i love how it opens up communication between me and my kids to help explain how these boxes help other children in other parts of the world. precious to my heart too!

amy said...

What an awesome experience for the girls and what wonderful memories are being made!@

Roo said...

ahhhh!! YES!! so fun. brian took the girlies on a daddy/daughter date and boy oh boy did they have fun filling up their box. wow. i had no idea soo much PINK STUFF could fit ina small box. ;)

Sheila said...

We did that for the first time last year, but for some reason this year we never got to it! Next year I'll do it again! You're girls look so excited, that's awesome!!

Jenna said...

delete the Chinese..its a link to porn...i found it by accident.. thought the links were a translation of this persons message..lucky me!

Andrea said...

I apologize for the Chinese link. I have tried to delete it, but blogger won't accept it. Please do not click on it -- as I have been told it is porn.