Yes, the calendar just flipped to October. We haven’t even pulled out the candy corn and costumes yet, but I’m already thinking about Christmas (and only because I just realized the Operation Christmas Child boxes are due the week of November 12-19th). If I don’t start planning now, I’ll never get around to preparing these boxes (like last year, and the years before). Christmas sneaks up on me. But not this year!
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
What are Operation Christmas Child boxes? Wrapped shoe boxes you and I fill with toys, toiletries and school supplies for children in need around the world. All you need to do is pick if you are giving to a boy or girl, and what age range. You then wrap a shoebox (top and bottom separately, you know, like they do on tv shows) and fill it with goodies. And best of all, you can involve your kids in the shopping and filling process!
Start here: How to Pack a Shoebox
Need some gift ideas?
Make sure to print out the label from How to Pack a Shoebox and attach it to the top of the box, so it can be properly distributed to a boy or girl and correct age. They get a lot of boxes. Please help make sure it goes to the right recipient.
Print the shipping label online and you can follow your box to its recipient. How fun would that be to track your package with your kids!
Prefer to drop it off? Search for a location here.
Your shoebox will be delivered. And a life will be changed. Meet Ralph, pictured below. His full story can be found here.
Nine-year-old Ralph slowly listed what he wanted, too.
“School supplies, school bag, a T-shirt, shoes and socks.”
All of these are simple things that most American children take for granted. But in impoverished areas like this one, school supplies and basic clothing make a huge difference.
“Education is the only way out,” said Marlin, pastor of the church that arranged the shoe box distribution at the school. “OCC will make a difference for them.”
With new school supplies, the children will have more opportunities in class. But the shoe boxes don’t just offer physical items to make life better for children. The gifts also present an opportunity to learn about the Gospel.
(All images from Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child)
For a little time and money, and a lot of compassion, you can reach children like Ralph. And let them know that they are loved.
Fill a shoebox today.
(Don’t forget they are due the week of November 12-19th!)