Christmas Shoeboxes

It’s that time of year again!

Operation Christmas Child time, that is!

Last year I shared how, instead of celebrating Halloween, my family went shopping to fill up shoeboxes with the kids for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

christmas boxes

I’ve filled up a shoebox or two for years for Samaritan’s purse; it’s such a wonderful ministry.

Basically, you fill up a shoebox (either your own box, or you can order them from Samaritan’s Purse) with items for a child living in poverty. You can pick whether you are filling the box for a girl or boy, and in what age group. You can fill it with small toys, personal care items like socks, underwear, toothbrushes, washcloths and soap, school supplies, etc. You add in a few dollars to help cover shipping and the box is sent to one of several countries around the world where it will be given to a child who might never have received a Christmas (or any) gift before.

What a great way to introduce your child to the concept of giving to those in need!

If you want to get your church or a group involved with this ministry, you can download and/or order ┬ápromotional material from the Samaritan’s Purse site. Click here for the Canadian site, or, if you’re in the U.S., you can click here.

Boxes need to be sent in by mid-November I think, so don’t wait too long!

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  1. Love it! We don’t do Halloween either, and I was looking for some new traditions to start. I love Operation Christmas Child!

  2. I was happy to see this post because our church is doing the same thing for the American Indians and I was wanting some ideas for the boxes. I love that you are teaching your sweet children how to shelter.

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