Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child is typically the way our family officially kicks off the holiday season.

Samaritan’s Purse is changing the world with the good news of the Gospel, and we love being a part of the impact they are making all around the globe.

Who wants to spend the holiday season out and about fighting crowds and navigating their way through picked-over toy aisles? Not us! So we collect items all throughout the year.

Gathering Items for our Shoeboxes:

• Each January, we set aside one large tote for the next Operation Christmas Child project.

This plastic bin sits in one of our closets, and we add to it all throughout the year.

• At birthdays, holidays, etc. my kid’s receive an unbelievable amount of stuff, and encouraging them to share some of their bounty serves as a great teaching opportunity.

• Dollar Stores and Dollar Spots: we scour them all year long! This provides a lot of variety.

• When bargain shopping, we watch yard sales, thrift stores, etc. for new items! Yes, we find lots of brand new – still in the package – high quality – never used items for next to nothing.


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