Nov 15, 2010

It's Shoe Box Time!

Photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse
UPDATED: 11/4/12
Collection dates have been confirmed from the site for 2012. The rest of the post remains untouched from 2010.

This is my favorite time of the year!  This week, November 12-19, is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, a charitable cause put on by Samaritan's Purse every year.

Basically you give a child in need a Christmas they deserve.

I love shopping for these kids!  It makes my heart happy.  It also makes me sad too.  I kind of wish I could know exactly who I was giving to, so that I could cater more to their needs.  Do they need diapers?  Socks?  Shoes?  A coat?  The shoe box you're supposed to pack everything in isn't big enough to give as much as I would like.  But I guess it's the thought that counts. UPDATE:  I just found out that if you donate the postage of your shoebox online rather than with a live check that you can track the destination of your shoe box!  You will find out where your box is going and more information about the child you are giving to!

Operation Christmas Child gave 8 million children a Christmas last year in over 130 countries.  Awesome right?  Here's what you do:
  • Choose a child: boy or girl, ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14
  • Pray for the child you are buying for :)
  • Take a shoe box or plastic container in a similar size and pack it with:
    • Toys -- cars, dolls, balls, Slinkys, light-up toys (pack extra batteries), musical toys, etc.
    • Hygiene items -- toothpaste, a toothbrush, soap (bar soap only and bagged)
    • School supplies -- crayons, markers, paper, pens, etc.
  • Write a note if you wish for the child
  • Write a $7 check for postage (or do it online and put receipt in the box)
  • Wrap your box if you choose -- make sure to wrap the lid and box separately!
  • Spread Christmas cheer :)
I will post pictures of boxes soon.  My internet has been all kinds of whack... I think my router is on it's death bed (I finally realized that was were the hissing/buzzing noise I'd been hearing was coming from).  In the mean time, here is a list to get you guys started! 

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