Saturday, November 13, 2010

Days of Play--Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box

It's hard to believe that Christmas is coming so quickly.  But it is. 

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.
 As a family, fill a few shoe boxes today.  It's super easy, super fun, and makes a super big difference!

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

You can also send your shoe box gift to:
Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child,
801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607

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