I'm really big on family traditions. It's great to see that as my children get older, they value the things we do each year and that it means something to them. One thing that we love to do is fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Since the boxes are due in November, shoebox shopping has become the unofficial kick off to the Christmas season for us.
The best part?
It's not about us; it's about helping children around the world.
What I love about the shoebox project is that the whole family can participate together. I remember when my children were just little, we'd go to the store and they would have so much fun as they selected the items that they wanted to go into their box. They would talk about the little boy or girl they were doing a box for. It helped them to think about others. To know that there are children around the world they could bless. This was a way to share Jesus. My children are not so little anymore but they still love participating in the shoeboxes. It's part of what they do. What we do together. I'm thankful that Samaritan's Purse has provided us with a great opportunity to teach our family about missions, about giving and about reaching out and how that has become part of our family life.
All over our country right now, shoeboxes are being assembled and filled. Boxes containing tangible gifts which express love from the heart. I get inspired when I go to a drop off location and see all those boxes packed up - ready for a journey of love.
Families. Schools. Churches. Businesses. Small Groups.
No matter where you connect - you can get involved.
I'm inspired that someone took an idea and made it happen. Someone had this great thought - "Hey, we should fill some shoeboxes with items for children, and send them to another country." That spark and that creativity has spread around the world in the most incredible way.
Start a new tradition. Operation Christmas Child can be the way that you start your Christmas season.
Shared with children all around the world.
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