The Operation Christmas Child Samaritan’s Purse shoebox drive has become one of the traditions that my children and I most look forward to during the holiday season. I always plan to pack one box per child, so 3 boxes total, and it never fails that that number is doubled. So this year I went ahead and bought 6 shoebox size plastic boxes at the Dollar Store. The Dollar Store is my go-to place for not only the boxes but all the fillings. I try to go for 1/3 necessities such as soap and toothbrushes, 1/3 school and art supplies such as pencils and crayons and 1/3 fun stuff like balls and toys.
As we are packing our boxes, the kids and I daydream about the child that will receive it. Will the boy in Cameroon love matchbox cars and monster trucks as much as Luca? Will the girl in a tiny village in India love jewelry as much as Eva? Or will a little boy in Nigeria be as thrilled with coloring books as much as Ian would be? Our favorite new twist to this tradition is tracking the boxes. Be sure to click on the link at the end of the article to print the proper tag for the top of your box as that is the only way to be able to know where your box ends up.
Collection for these boxes starts on Monday, November 16. Here’s where find a collection site. Sorry for the late notice, but there’s still plenty of time this weekend to pack a shoebox that very well might be the only gift a child will receive this year, if not the first gift they’ve ever been given.
Here’s the link with all the information that you need to pack the perfect shoebox.