Two of my kids used their own money today to purchase items for Operation Christmas Child. They were so excited as they carefully thought out and chose each item. They had 5 bags when they were done!!! When we got the bags home from the store the items were strategically crammed (because there was so many) into a box and labeled for a boy or a girl. The child who receives our boxes will open them to find toys, candy, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair ties, comb, flipflops, slimjims, canteen, pencils, sharpener, crayons, paper, silly erasers, socks, lotion and I don’t even know what else…
Instead of using the festive paper shoebox given us, we bought plastic storage containers (with lids) of the same size to place the items in. These plastic containers can be used to carry water… something we American’s do not have to worry about.
After the boxes were lined with pretty tissue paper and packed tight, we went online to register them- that way we will get to see what country they went to. How exciting!!!
Tonight we took our boxes to church and placed them on a table with the others given. I have to admit that I was disappointed to see only a handful of boxes sitting on the table with ours.
My family has been so blessed and I am very proud of my girls for wanting to share something beautiful in a sometimes dark and ugly world– and they did it without being asked. Everyone should follow suit because every child should know what’s it’s like to receive love wrapped in pretty paper.