Operation Christmas Child 2017

It is that time of year again. This is the third year that the kids and I have taken part in Operation Christmas Child. This year Phoenix was old enough to help put together a shoe box.

What is Operation Christmas Child? Operation Christmas Child is run by the Samaritan’s Purse, a not for profit Christian organisation that provides emergency relief and assistance to people suffering around the world. Operation Christmas Child is similar to a toy drive, however it is much more than that.They are gift-filled shoe boxes that go to some of the worlds poorest children. Often the shoe box will be the first gift the child has ever received. I am not Christian and the shoe boxes go into countries that are also not Christian. Some of the children receiving shoe boxes may not even celebrate Christmas. However, what I like about Operation Christmas is that it is more than a toy drive. The kids also receive things that are useful. For example things for hygiene, things that they can wear, take to school, do craft with etc.

Each shoe box include something from each of the 6 categories.

– Something to wear
– Something to play with
– Something for school
– Something to love
– Something special
– Something for personal hygiene

My kids love putting together the shoe boxes. Whilst shopping for the shoe boxes, my four year old said ‘Mummy why are buying stuff for other people”? It is a great opportunity for them to learn about giving and that there are people in the world that aren’t as well off.
Most of all I love knowing that the shoe boxes will brighten up the kids day. I just love the smiles and excitement this video taken last year in Burundi (East Africa.)

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