Saturday, October 20, 2012

Christmas shopping a little early.

Again this year we packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This is something that our kids love doing. We go to Wal-Mart, pick out plastic shoe boxes, and then walk through the store filling them with goodies. The kids each do a box for a child that is their gender and age, and they pick out things they actually like, to put in the box (like a stuffed fish and a plastic dinosaur from Grady, hair bows and necklaces from Lilly, and a microphone and recorder from Bella, among other things).


If you're interested in joining us in this great ministry,
Here's How to Pack a 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.

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 to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.

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 our “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.

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

1 comment:

  1. Great memories! Learning to help others while they are so young is sooo important! So wonderful for you as they get older and automatically tell you "we have to help this person Mom!"