Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is an amazing part of Samaritan’s Purse which allows kids to get involved in good works in an easy {and effective} way.

We have participated in this program in the past, but this year with the inspiration from BlogFrog, we made a family event out of it.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a non-profit organization that has inspired millions to pack Christmas shoe-box gifts for children in developing countries around the world.  This year they expect to reach the 100 million child receiving show box gifts milestone!

That is a lot of shoe-boxes since 1993.

Since there are over 2 billion children in the world and half live in poverty, their goal is to reach much higher.  My family is sending 4 gifts through Operation Christmas Child this year and here is how your family can join in on the fun…

How Your Kids Can Get Involved

There are two easy ways for you to send an Operation Christmas Child shoe-box gift!

At Home:

  1. Use an empty shoe box (standard size) or small plastic container.  If you wrap the box, please wrap the lid separately.
  2. Choose whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and the child’s age category:  2-4, 5-9 or 10-14.  Print out the appropriate label and tape it on your shoe box.
  3. Fill it with gifts!  Toys, school supplies and hygiene items are great additions to your shoe box.  Check the Operation Christmas Child guidelines for suggestions and things NOT to include.
  4. Include a donation of $7 for each shoe box to cover the shipping and project costs.
  5. Drop off!  Place a rubber band around each shoe box and lid and drop it off at the Collection Center nearest your home.  November 12-19, 2012 is the drop off week.  You may also send it to Samaritan’s Purse {see website for details}.
  1. Go to the Build a Box area on the Operation Christmas Child Website.
  2. Choose to build-a-box, send-a-box, or gift-a-box.  Each option is just $30 and will bless a child.

My Family’s Experience

We chose the at home option because it sounded like a good way to get my three boys involved in giving.  For the last few years, each week each boy has put $1 of their allowance in reserve for charity.  We looked at the charity funds and found that each of them had more than $75 available!

We hit the stores.  First we picked out plastic shoe boxes for each boy.  They decided to pack a gift for a boy their age. Then they hit the toy aisle.  Each picked out several LEGO sets as their big gift to add to the box.  Once they had found those, we went to the discount aisle to find school supplies, little gift items, disposable games and holiday items to fit in between.

As the boys shopped, I found a cute heart-covered plastic shoebox and decided to pack a GIRL box for fun.  The boys were horrified to see me picking out bracelets, lip gloss, pink LEGOs and girly stuffed animals.  It was a ton of fun to pick out whatever I wanted!

Once we were home, we took many of the toys and games out of their original packaging and placed them in plastic bags with the instructions.  It gave more room to fit in goodies.  We added some hotel stolen soaps that I have been collecting over the year and toothbrushes, cotton balls and cotton swabs.  I also found some cute Nintendo star hard candy tins that had been sent to me for Halloween that we didn’t use.

The entire event captivated my children.  They took ownership in every step.  The shopping trip without rules {except I read them the Operation Christmas Child guidelines before we went} was a HUGE treat.  They had money and could buy ANYTHING they wanted to add as long as it would fit in a shoebox.  It was a gift to me to see them so excited about giving to others.

Getting Involved in Operation Christmas Child

Rachel and I hosted a video hangout the other night discussing all the fun our families have had in Operation Christmas Child participation:

We both have had so much fun packing shoe box gifts with our kids!

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity. 

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause. 

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built.  Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

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About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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