The kids had a day off from school today, so we spent some time at Walmart and Target collecting things for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Each of my three sweeties packs a box for a child their own age - goodies like new undies and socks (okay, not so fun but needed) and gum, suckers, crayons, paper, toothbrushes, hair bands, stuffed animals, balls, dump trucks, and more. It was so rewarding to listen to them discuss their wants for the child receiving their box and watch their generosity grow. They felt a little silly buying underwear, but had so much fun picking out the perfect jumprope!
Collection week is next week - I challenge each of you to pack a box with each of your children! If your own children are grown, pack one in honor of each of them at an age you remember fondly. The website for Operation Christmas Child gives ideas for what to include in the box and drop off locations too.
These boxes make such an impact on the kids receiving them - include a photo of you or your family and take the time to write a letter as well. You never know, you may recieve a note back from the special child that was blessed with your generosity!