Thursday, November 14, 2013

Giving Back & Helping Others

My husband and I have a heart for giving to those in need. We prefer to donate my time to help others, but at this season in life it's really hard to find available time to go help out. There are several organizations that we love to donate to, one being Operation Christmas Child
This is our second year to create shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, headed up by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse has a wonderful vision that is in alignment with our personal beliefs, and we specifically love their Christmas donation program.
Operation Christmas Child is a shoebox gift program for children in third world countries. You simply decide what age range and if you want to give to a boy or girl, fill up a shoebox full of goodies (small toys, socks, school supplies, hygiene items, etc), and drop it off with your church or the nearest drop off location. Easy, FUN, and better yet the entire family can get involved!

Our oldest son (5 years) loves to go with me to the store to help pick out items to fill the shoebox. It's a great learning opportunity for him. We chat about how there are children in the world that don't have all the things we have, like soap, toothbrushes, shoes, or toys. We also talk about how God calls us to love everyone and to give to those in need, in a loving and generous way.

Proudly showing off our box!

He wrote this note for the child who receives our box!

There is still time to make some boxes and drop them off at a church or Operation Christmas Child location! 
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