This year, I was really excited about doing the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes because the last time we did them, the majority of my kids were too young to really understand what it was all about. However, this year was different.
I explained to them that there are kids around the world who are not as fortunate as us. We talked about how Christmas is about giving and not getting. I showed them a few videos from the Operation Christmas Child website and I could tell that the Lord was beginning to tug a little on their hearts.
So, the kids took money from their piggy banks and we headed to the store to shop for the children that would receive our Christmas boxes. It really touched my heart to see my kids (especially my daughter) excited about giving to other kids less fortunate than them.
Once we got our boxes all packed, I saw on one of the videos that you could print an “All About Me” page to include in your box. I searched and searched all over the site and I eventually found them! Here is a thumbnail of what they look like.
To print your own copies of the “All About Me” page to include in your Operation Christmas boxes, first go to Samaritan’s Purse Graphic Resource Page. Scroll down a bit and click on the “CLIPART” button. Begin to scroll through until you find the “All About Me” page. (If you can’t scroll along, you may need to click the “CLIPART” button at the top of the page.)
So, our boxes are packed and ready. Now, we pray for the children who will receive our boxes! Don’t forget that the National Collection week begins next week, November 15th-22nd!
FYI, you can even make this into a fun geography lesson by tracking your boxes! My kids are excited about this part too! (So am I!!!) It will be cool to track the journey of our shoe boxes! Plus, who knows…perhaps the children receiving our boxes will write us back!! How cool would that be?!?!?!