I think it is very important to teach our children how to share and love on those that are less fortunate than us. One way that I do this is by participating in Operation Christmas Child.
Each Christmas, we pack boxes for boys and girls and donate them to Operation Christmas Child. OCC takes our boxes and distributes them to children in developing countries (last year our boxes went to Ethiopia!). These children walk for miles to the drop off locations to pick up their boxes. My kids love knowing that they are making an impact on a child on the other side of the world!
This year we will be packing 8 boxes. 4 for girls and 4 for boys. The first box we put together is for a girl between the ages of 5-8. Here’s what we included:
- Pair of flip flops
- Stuffed animal
- Play Pack
- Lip gloss
- Hard candy
- Necklace and Bracelet
- Drawing Pad
- Dora Stickers
We will pay $7 on the Operation Christmas Child website to cover their shipping costs (that is the fee per box; so for 8 boxes we will pay $56). In return, we get a unique barcode that is put on our box and they will email us to let us know where it ends up! You do not get to track your box unless you pay online.
We will also include a photo of my kids and they love to fill out the Coloring Page sheet available here. It lets the child that receives the box know a little bit more about the people in America who care about them.
Want to participate? Here’s what you need to know
Get a shoe box, hard plastic shoe box sized container or one of Operation Christmas Child’s boxes and start packing it with items you have that would be age appropriate for the following age groups:
- 2-4 Girl
- 2-4 Boy
- 5-9 Girl
- 5-9 Boy
- 10-14 Girl
- 10-14 Boy
Here are a few ideas on what you could include in your box:
- Crayons or markers
- Coloring book
- Small toys
- Stuffed Animal
- Hard Candy (nothing that can melt!)
- Hygiene items (we always include a toothbrush, toothpaste and hairbrush/comb)
Once you have your items together, check for a Drop-Off location near you by visiting OperationChristmasChild.com. If you want to know where your box ends up, you will need to pay the $7 on the Operation Christmas Child website to cover their shipping costs. If you don’t care to know, you can just put a $7 check with your box when you drop it off.
And that is all there is to it! It’s a simple and easy way to make an impact on child half a world away.