This was our first year participating in Operation Christmas Child, through the non-profit organization, Samaritan’s Purse. It was a delight! My favorite part was writing a letter to each child and enclosing a picture of our family; I pray they know just how much we love and care for them, even from so far away!
This year, I was the ring-leader picking out all the gifts, wrapping and (mostly) packing the boxes, and writing the enclosed letters to the children. Honestly, what I am most excited about as we continue to serve this way as a family, is that in the coming years Max will hopefully start to understand the purpose and display his own growing heart and compassion for those less fortunate. I can’t wait to take him shopping to pick out little gifts, let him wrap and pack the boxes, help him write the letter and pray with him for a child somewhere else in the world. Samaratin’s Purse provides not only blessed gifts to the children receiving the boxes, but in partnering with them I pray we are passing on a great gift to my children as well. A gift that cannot be purchased, but rather fills them with a heart for Christ and Christ’s heart for people!
It is so easy to fill these boxes with little necessary items for hygiene and education, as well as other fun trinkets and treasures! We did two “boy – ages 2-4” boxes this year (I figured at least one for each of our children…I rounded up, as one and a half probably isn’t acceptable).
Here is what we placed in each box (toothbrushes, toothpaste, kleenex, soap, a “CARS” stickers/crayon activity pack, a firetruck book, an alphabet book, a mini etch-a-sketch, and a slinky):
And here is Max helping pack it all up:
Praise God for the resources which He’s provided us!