Operation Christmas Child is something that is very dear to me. Christmas should be a happy time for all children. Whether or not they believe in Santa Claus or not, children shouldn’t be suffering in the world. And to my way of thinking, most especially they shouldn’t suffer during a time of year that is supposed to be most joyful. Operation Christmas Child is something that everyone can do, even those on a stiff budget. All you do is take a shoe box (adult sized shoe box) and fill it with things that a child might need. I will provide a list of things that can and CAN’T go into the box, making it simple for you to comply with this desperate request. I do as many of these boxes as I can, and I challenge anyone who reads this blog to do at least one box and maybe two (one for a boy and one for a girl), to be given to children around the world. The thing is, there is a DEADLINE for the boxes to be done and either sent or taken to a drop off point. The week of pick-up is November 14th through the 21st. You can find the address to send it too (even print out a mailing label) or find a drop off point to take your boxes too at the following website. www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
First off…here is the list of things you CAN’T put in the boxes:
NO War related items (toy guns, knives or soldiers, etc.)
NO Liquids (shampoo, glue, nail polish, etc.)
NO Medicines (vitamins, cough drops, etc.)
NO Glass or breakable items (mirrors, china dolls, etc.)
No Chocolate or perishable food items
No Used or worn items
Second, here is a list of things that you can include if you like.
Underwear, socks and T-shirts
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Soap and washcloths
Deodorant, nail clippers/files
Coloring books, crayons/coloring pencils/markers
Pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener
Clue Stick (not liquid)
Stamp and ink pad sets
Hard candy/lollipops/mints/gum (particularly bubble gum)
Flashlights with batteries
Small picture books
Stickers and sticker albums
Toys that light-up/make noise
Musical instruments (harmonicas, flutes, kazoos, etc.)
For a boy:
Nerf type footballs
Soccer ball with pump
Small cars or trucks (especially the wind-up kind)
For a girl:
Toy jewelry sets
Hair bows/clips, etc.
Small beauty sets (comb/brush/plastic mirrors)
ALSO, please try to include a note/card and a photo of yourself, and anchor toy (a doll or ball) and some candy in every box you prepare.
Now this list isn’t the end all be all of what you can put in the boxes, but it gives you ideas of what you can do. Nothing expensive, just something that the child can treasure. You would be surprised at how special these kids feel when they get something so simple. So please, consider making the life of a child that much sweeter by your selfless gift of a shoebox filled with joy.
I know I will, will you?