This Year, Make a Difference with Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child  {Disclaimer: not paid to do this, didn’t receive anything, and Samaritan’s Purse has no idea who I am}

This year as we settle into the holiday season, the thoughts of giving back always enter my mind, and then stay there, nagging at me. It’s so easy to get too busy, to wrapped up in planning, cooking, family, shopping. So much to do that it makes it easy to “forget” doing something kind for those who truly need it.

I’m not judging – I’m admitting. I’m not the greatest with this kind of stuff, and it bothers me. I know what it’s like in other countries for kids, I’ve seen in when I lived in India.

This year, Bella is old enough to start to be aware of the Christmas story, Santa, the holiday season – and also part of starting a tradition with helping others in the world who don’t wake up to a perfect tree piled with presents for them.

I thought about what to start with her, something we could carry on from year to year, that wasn’t just a drop off and then wondering who got the toy and where. Nothing wrong with those, we still do that. I just wanted something more personal. So I turned to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization that sponsors Operation Christmas Child (sometimes known as the Operation Shoebox). They take boxes or plastic bins stuffed full of toys for a child of a certain age range/gender that you choose, and send them to all corners of the earth. Drop offs are all over the US, and the donation to cover shipping is only $7.  But one of the coolest parts?

You can track your box. So that means you’ll know where it ended up and just what they did when it arrived.

So this weekend, take a few moments to stop at Target or WalMart, and grab some items a child in another country might love. Take a moment to look at how much we have and how with just a tiny percent of that we could change an entire holiday for a little one worlds away.

 

Operation Christmas Child


Comments

  1. I wanted to finish off my OCC box yesterday, but the younger kid wasn’t cooperating with shopping. Will have to try again this coming week. Next year I may do everything online, but I do want to involve the kids no matter which way it’s done, as it’s important for them to think about other children and their needs rather than focus on themselves at Christmas (and all year as well).

  2. Each of my 3 kids packs a box every year. Our boxes always contain a toothbrush and toothpaste and some soap along with other things. My 3 yo specifically requested we send a boy his age a plane so we did. My 15 yo is knitting a hat and scarf for her box. My 12 yo picked a hat and glove from the store and lots of candy and school supplies. I have also bought a ton of discount halloween stuff for a friend who is hosting a packing party. Collectively that will be another 60 boxes. I have sewn 22 washcloth soap holders for those boxes. Pinterest has lots of great box ideas!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I was not aware of this organization and I’ve been looking for something like this. I will be participating! :)

  4. Thanks for writing a post about OCC! My husband and I commit to doing this and adopting a few children from our local Salvation Army “angel tree” each year. It gives us great joy to think about the smiles on the children’s faces.

  5. We made boxes this year too. I love seeing it promoted!

  6. I have never posted here before but wanted to give a suggestion. My family also dontates items for Operaton Christmas Child. I keep all the annoying little toys that come with Happy Meals (that my girls only play with for a minute) & I accumulate those througout the year along with other small items that my girls aren’t interested in any more & that is what we donate. It’s a win-win for everyone. We don’t have to fork out extra money that we don’t really have & kids all over the world are getting toys that they probably cherish. If I didn’t donate these toys they would end up in the trash which is so wasteful. I don’t mind letting my kids get Happy Meals any more because I know the toys will get donated to a great organization!