Many of us look forward to the holidays since this is quality time we can spend with family and friends, despite conflicting schedules. This is usually a different story with most children since the holidays to them mean one thing, and one thing only: opening presents. This is why I believe it’s important to instill early that giving is better than receiving. Yet, there are many parents who are dreading this date since they will be unable to afford gifts, so keeping the holiday spirit alive can be a daunting task for them. We can make the holidays easier for them by packing a shoebox, filling it with things that children like and need: toys, accessories (i.e. socks and gloves), school supplies, and much more!
1. Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required.
2. Boy or Girl?
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get a special label to learn the destination of you shoe box gift.
3. Fill It Up!
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here.
4. Donate $7
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using their Follow Your Box option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.
5. Drop Off
Click here to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012.
You can also send shoe box gifts year-round to:
Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.