Operation Christmas Child

Good morning!

It’s Shoebox Time!
National Collection Week is November 16th –23rd.

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My 3 daughters and I have filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child since 1993.  When the girls were young, I used to take them to Dollar Tree. Each of them would get a plastic shoebox and proceed to fill it with anything their heart desired. The catch was it was not for themselves.  It was for an unknown boy or girl in a far off country that wasn’t as fortunate as they were.  They’d put candy and hygiene items and crayons and books and jewelry and slinkies and card games and socks and mittens and caps and dolls and balls ’til they could hold no more. And the perk was mom could afford the Dollar Tree prices. 😉 I occasionally had to purchase a duplicate item or two for my own kids that I could tell they were wanting for themselves without their noticing. That was the tricky part. 🙂

The Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 124 million shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. 

How do you participate?
It’s simple.
You get a shoebox.  You fill it for a boy or girl. You return it to a drop off site.
Tada!
You just exemplified God’s love in a very real tangible way to children in need around the world!
I filled mine.
Now its your turn. You try it. 🙂

I don’t know about you, but no matter how rich or poor I may be, and believe me I’ve had times of both, I will always find a way to help out the needy at Christmas. Especially children. Starting with Operations Christmas Child.  John 3:16 Mission. The Angel Tree. I try and bring in Christmas socks to the Children’s Hospital over the holidays to spread a little holiday cheer and mistle-TOES to those kiddos that have to spend their holidays there. And we can’t forget the Salvation Army bell ringers!  We can all find a little spare change to drop in the bucket each time we walk by.

I urge each of us to see Christmas through the eyes of  a little child this year.  The wonder, the excitement,  the joy, the love. Watch a few Christmas movies. Walk through a Christmas light display. Watch as a child climbs on Santa’s knee at your local mall. Then go fill a shoebox or two, grab a name off the Angel tree, and find a child to hug. A child’s hug is the best! ♡

Lucky me! I have two little children of my own…grandchildren. ♡♡ And three classrooms full of precious little ones I love dearly as well and an entire pre-school of others! It doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” 
Proverbs 31:20

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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