Thursday, November 8, 2012

Operation Christmas Child

Every year we try to find ways to teach our children about giving back and helping others. Normally around the holidays we try to get them to make room for their new presents by donating some of their toys that they no longer need or use to children who would appreciate them. Sometimes this works but a lot of times my kids just end up rediscovering toys they forgot about and decide they can't part with it just yet.
This year we are going to do something different. This year we are participating inOperation Christmas Child, a nonprofit organization that has inspired millions to pack Christmas shoe box gifts for children in developing countries around the world. I think this is great way to teach my kids about kindness, compassion and generosity. My kids are excited to take part in this and I am so proud of them for wanting to do this.

1. Shoe Box
Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

2. Boy or Girl
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork here. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

3. Fill with Gifts
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child.

4. Include $7 Donation
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using the “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

5. Drop Off
Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop it off at the
collection center nearest you during our collection week, November 12-19, 2012.

For locations and hours of collection visit our Drop-Off Locations page where you can find the nearest place to take your shoe box by entering your ZIP Code or you can call 1-800-353-5949.

You can also send your shoe box gift to:
Samaritan’s Purse
Operation Christmas Child

801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

You can also pack a Virtual Shoe Box

I think this is great way to teach your kids giving this holiday season -how do you teach your kids about kindness, compassion and giving - have you participated in Operation Christmas Child?

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.


  1. This is such a sweet idea! I'm definitely going to look into taking part this year!

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