Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Operation Christmas Child

The organization Samaritan's Purse runs Operation Christmas Child every year.  This was the first year that I had heard of it, even though last year they delivered over 8 million shoe boxes filled with goodies to children around the world. 

I picked up decorated shoe boxes at Chick-fil-a (though you can use any box of a similar size) and went to target to buy some special gifts for a child who might not otherwise get a gift this Christmas.  I looked at information online before I went for suggestions on what to buy, so I thought you might like to see my completed boxes (for a 5-9 year old girl):

I was amazed with creative packing what I was able to fit into a shoebox!  The boxes contain almost exactly the same things:
A Barbie princess doll
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, lip gloss, and a plastic cup)
Headband, barrettes, and socks
Coloring book, colored pencils, crayons, play doh, a puzzle, stickers, and a teddy bear! (The teddy bear, coloring book, pencils, and puzzle all came from the dollar spot at Target).

Now I just need to add a note for the girl. I printed off labels online and they are supposed to send me an email to let me know where my box is sent. 

If you are interested in participating there is still time - the National Collection Week is November 14-21 and you can search for the drop-off locations here.  They have great videos online of kids receiving a shoebox and I can just imagine how happy a little girl will be to receive these gifts.  I hope they make her feel special and loved!