Each year my family makes it our mission to spread the real reason meaning of Christmas and want our daughter to understand that sometimes it’s better to give than receive. One way we do that is through Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, is the world’s largest Christmas outreach of its kind. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 124 million children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, and other crises in more than 150 countries and territories. They partner with local churches to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who receive shoebox gifts and offer a 12-lesson discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, that helps boys and girls learn what it means to follow the Lord and share their faith with others.

This month, more than 4,000 locations around the country will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a “Wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Each year we decide how many boxes we as a family want to fill and whether we want to make a box for a girl or boy. Once decided we take our daughter to the Dollar Store and she picks items to put in the boxes for our children. My daughter enjoys going through the store and picking toys, books and things we find routine in life like wash cloth and toothbrushes. My daughter then writes a note and places family photo in her boxes, the kids LOVE to know who sent them this treat. Not sure what to pack head over to Pinterest and check out these ideas group by gender and ages

During National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Residents around the country hope to contribute 8.6 million gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need. Collection locations can be found using the Zip Code locator at samaritanspurse.org/occ. We like to know where the box goes so we use the donation form and log in online to discover where in the world our gift is delivered (fee is $7, order and put on box before turning into collection location)

Operation Christmas Child wants to see your boxes this year, share a photo with your shoebox on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and tell them why you love packing using the #ipackedashoebox.

Jennifer

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