One of our annual family Christmas traditions includes packing some shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. My wife Liza and I take our kids to the local dollar store to choose items to pack their own shoeboxes for needy children around the world. We want to teach them that the true spirit of Christmas isn’t about getting – it’s about giving.
If you’re not familiar with O.C.C. here are some facts from their website. If you’ve never packed a shoebox before, I encourage you to get involved – there are still three more days left, and there’s a drop-off centre near you!
Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on project of Samaritan’s Purse that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ – God’s greatest gift.
How it works: Each shoebox is filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and candy, and is given to children regardless of gender, race, or religion.
History: Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990. In 1993, Operation Christmas Child grew and was adopted by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization run by Franklin Graham. To date, Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed over 100 million shoebox gifts worldwide. In 2013, Canadians donated more than 664,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for hurting children around the world.
For more info, visit: Operation Christmas Child