This week is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child and I’m very excited. This is one of my favorite events of the Christmas season. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has sent over 1 MILLION shoeboxes to needy children around the world!
Founded by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, Operation Christmas Child is part of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief agency. As soon as they received word of the storms in the Philippines and the Midwest, they mobilized and are on-site with food, water-filtration systems, plastic sheeting for shelter, etc. If you’d like to help with the relief efforts, here’s the link. With all the scammers and shysters in this world, I can confidently recommend this organization as good stewards of your hard-earned money.
So, back to Operation Christmas Child. Here’s a fun video on how to pack a shoe box, with Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si. Very fun.
Want to pack a shoe box for a needy child? Here’s how it works:
Sometime between now and Monday, November 25th, fill a shoe box for a needy boy or girl.
If you’re not sure what to pack in the box, click here for a list of shoebox suggestions.
Or, if you don’t have time to go shopping, you can pack a box online here.
Then, include $7 per box to cover the shipping costs.
Here’s a fun added bonus: if you pay online, you can TRACK YOUR BOX and see where it ends up. Last year, our family’s shoeboxes went all the way to Madagascar. How cool is that??
If you’d like, include a note to the child who will get your box, say a prayer and close the lid. Then drop off your box at a local drop-off location. Just go to this link and type in your zip code. It will provide a handy list of local drop-off locations.
That’s it! Our family has been doing this for many years and it’s always such fun to picture the children who will get the boxes and realize what a huge difference such a small gift can make.
Hope you’ll join the fun AND make a difference with Operation Christmas Child!
Have you packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child? Or, what charities do you help this time of year? I’d love to hear about the difference you all are making in people’s lives!