Marilyn Monroe said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” Today I would add, “Give a girl the right shoebox and she can change the world.”
Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is changing the world one shoe box at a time, and there is still time to get in on the fun. This week, November 18-22, is their national collection week.
If you haven’t taken the time to fill a box yet, let me encourage you to grab a box, head to the store and impact a life.
Operation Christmas Child distributes shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene products, candy, and more to children in need all around the world. To participate, just go to the Samaritan’s Purse website www.samaritanspurse.org for complete details on appropriate items for your box. Choose the gender and age of the child you would like to purchase items for, pay your shipping costs and download a label which allows you to track where your box will be delivered to.
Then just wrap and fill your box, pop the label on and take it to the nearest drop off location. (Locations are available on the website.) We are fortunate to have a location in our small town. Years ago we would drive about an hour to take our boxes. It’s still a great memory of mine, traveling to a nearby town with a van full of 6th graders who helped me load and unload the boxes. We would then grab a bite to eat a local restaurant and head back home filled with a joy that comes only from giving.
Filling a shoebox is such an easy thing to do with your children or family. I’m continually encouraging people to find ways to help their children grow in generosity and selflessness and Operation Christmas Child is a great way to do both.
So, if you haven’t had a chance yet this year to fill that box, or you’ve never filled a box before. . . there’s still time!!!
Mama Mia!! It’s such a great way to give. Oh! And don’t forget to check out their Facebook page for stories and photos of all the boxes being packed across the country. https://www.facebook.com/groups/46793099481/10151832378269482/?ref=notif¬if_t=group_activity#!/OCCshoeboxes?fref=ts