One of our favorite holiday traditions is packing a shoebox for Samaritan's Purse "Operation Christmas Child."
Here's a little video that demonstrates why I do this yearly:
Operation Christmas Child is a program that collects shoe boxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children around the world. It is such a great program and my daughter LOVES picking out toys, hygiene/clothing, and sweet treats for a special friend a world away.
How to do it:
1. Use a standard size shoe box or plastic shoe box.
2. Wrap the box and lid separately.
3. Determine gender/age of child the box with be for. Ages 2-4, 5-9, 10-14.
4. Fill with gifts. Consider toys, school supplies, clothing/hygiene, and a sweet treat. For example, a doll or ball, some pencils and a pencil sharpener, a toothbrush and comb, socks, a ball cap or hair clips, and some Jolly Ranchers.
5. Go here and print a label.
6. Secure with rubber band and label.
7. Include a check for $7 to cover shipping of your box to a child.
Please DO NOT include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such
as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins;
breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans
For locations and dates, call 1-800-353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
You can also send your shoe box gift to:
Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child,
801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607