|Ella in 2006|
I started a special tradition with my children of packing a shoe box every holiday for Operation Christmas Child. This will be the tenth year that we are sending care packages to children around the world with Operation Christmas Child.
I feel that my most important role as a Mother is to instill kindness and generosity into my children. I knew that it was important to begin doing this with my kids at a young age.
We participate in community outreach events, host neighborhood canned food drives, and volunteer as much of our time as possible. My hope is that the more I teach my children about the importance of helping others, that they will grow-up to help make the world a better place.
We have been given many blessings in our life, and I want to encourage our children to share those blessing with the rest of the world.
|Andrew making lunches for the homeless|
When the kids and I package our shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, we all go shopping together to create a box that will go to a child who would otherwise not get a Christmas present.
The kids and I purchase toothbrushes, small toys, socks, crayons, jump ropes and more. We try to fit as many things as possible into our special boxes before dropping them off at our local drop-off location.
|Tyler in 2010|
National Collection week is November 12th through the 19th. Parents and their children can help participate by filling an empty shoe box or small plastic container with special surprises. Operation Christmas Child offers a list of suggested items to help with shopping for your boxes.
Next is determining whether you want the box to go to a boy or a girl. There are age categories to pick from including ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14.
The last step is to include a donation of $7 or more to help cover the shipping and other costs. Donations can be made online or by including a check to Samaritan's Purse with "OCC" on the memo line.
There are drop-off locations across the nation for Operation Christmas Child boxes, or they accept shipments of boxes year-round by mailing them to: Samaritan's Purse in care of Operation Christmas Child, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607.
For those families that might be traveling and do not have the time to purchase a special shoe box filled with love, there is also the option of the online digital build-a-box program.
|Ella working on our boxes for this year|
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.