Looking for a way to involve young children in charitable giving? You may want to check out Operation Christmas Child, an annual project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides shoe boxes filled with school supplies, small toys, hygiene items, etc. to needy children around the world – 8 million children received boxes last year!
While adults and teens can both donate and help process boxes at the warehouse, younger children can get involved by filling a shoe box. My children each helped choose items for a box this year, and we dropped off those boxes today.
The person donating the box chooses the gender and age range of the recipient. Not surprisingly, my daughter chose to give to a girl her age, and my son chose to give to a boy his age. Both my kids remarked that some kids don’t get any Christmas presents and that this box may be someone’s only Christmas present. They were happy that a child, somewhere in the world, would be receiving a Christmas present who might not have without Operation Christmas Child.
I hope that participating in projects like this will help us all remember how blessed we are, and to know that we can be a blessing to someone else as well.
This year’s Operation Christmas Child collection dates are November 15 – 22. There are a few more days to drop off a box this year! For drop-off sites and more information: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/