With the holiday season in full effect, I wanted to take a minute to SisterShare one of my family’s favorite traditions.
Every year, we come along side Samaritan’s Purse to participate in their Operation Christmas Child. Unfortunately, with the rise of so many dishonest organizations, it can be really difficult to know to which places are safe to give. Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that delivers spiritual and physical aid to those who need it most around the world. They provide necessary resources along with the love and hope of Jesus; their mission is to simply, serve as He did.
Operation Christmas Child is Samaritan’s Purse’s way of delivering tangible goods to children during the holiday season as a representation of God’s love. Shoeboxes are filled with a variety of items and delivered to children in more than 100 countries.
I love this cause. It honestly makes giving so convenient, and it allows me to get my son involved. You can either fill a physical shoebox yourself and drop it off at one of their 5,000 drop off locations across the US, or you can build your shoebox online and they will package it for you. Their website has information on how to do both.
Here is the breakdown of how easy it is to construct your shoebox via their website:
- Go to the Samaritan’s Purse website and click Operation Christmas Child.
- Select “Build a Shoebox Online,” and then ” Start Building.”
- From there, the website will walk you through the steps to completing your box. You will get to choose a gender, age group, and items you would like to include in your box. This is a great way to involve your younger kids/siblings/etc in the giving process, as you can sit down together and allow them to make these choices.
- Choose essentials, a wow item, toys, and accessories to include in the box. You also have the option of including a personalized message and a picture.
- Each box costs $25.00 with an additional suggested donation of $9 to help with processing, shipping, and additional materials. The $9 is only suggested, not required. However, it does allow you to follow your box and find out which country it went to.
If you prefer to fill a box on your own and drop it off, here is a helpful list of suggested items to include. Filling a box yourself allows you to contribute according to your own personal budget and can serve as an encouraging factor towards doing a little sorting through things you may already have at home. I know in the past my son has had several toys that were never even taken out of the package and clothes that he outgrew before he managed to wear them. You would be surprised with how much you can give just solely considering the things already in your possession.
While Samaritan’s Purse does collect shoeboxes year round, National Collection Week begins tomorrow, November 13th, and lasts until November 20th.
Head over to their website or grab a shoe box out of your closet and fill a child’s heart!