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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

operation christmas child

It's that beautiful time of year when we not only realize how blessed and thankful we are, but we also have an abundance of opportunities to pay it forward.

Operation Christmas Child is one of my very favorites. Check it out:

Samaritan's Purse {a nondenominational organization that provides physical and spiritual aid to those hurting all around the world} has done this amazing program since 1993. In short, they ask that folks prepare a shoe box container with Christmas toys for a child in need that would otherwise receive nothing for Christmas. Boxes can be packed with toys, school supplies and even hygiene products. Samaritan's Purse then delivers these shoe boxes to children all over the world for Christmas. It absolutely warms my heart to think of these beautiful little ones opening their shoe boxes and hearing a presentation of the Gospel.  

Our church has always been very involved in the shoe box ministry and this year, our goal was to put together 500 boxes.  J.B. and I decided that we could do eight of those. 

And boy was it fun! We went "shoe box shopping" as a family and came up with some fun things for our boxes. Jake make sure to inspect everything for the "fun" factor.

Samaritan's Purse has three age categories you can do {2-4, 5-9, and 10-14} and you also select whether the box is for a boy or a girl.
{We did ages 5-9, four boys and four girls}

After filling the box, tape the provided labels on top and take the box to your local drop off center. So many churches and community organizations are involved that I'm sure you won't have too much trouble finding on close by! The OCC website is also a great tool for packing tips, ideas and tons of other information!

This week is the national collection week for all of the Christmas shoe boxes and I'd love to encourage you guys to get involved in this fun charity. Grab a box and fill it up! I promise just as sweet of a blessing to you and your family as it is to these children!

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