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There are many great causes throughout the year that offer support and help to those less fortunate. When the Christmas season begins to rev up (that’s around March, right?), some specific giving opportunities move to the forefront.
One of the great family-oriented giving opportunities is Operation Christmas Child from Samaritan’s Purse. You basically pack a shoebox with gifts and Samaritan’s Purse sends it (along with other shoeboxes) to children as a Christmas present and outreach.
While it is always a great thing to be able to give and provide a shoebox, it's important to be mindful of what is included in your gift.
Some items are not permitted due to obvious reasons, but you should try to review and consider each item before including it in your shoebox. For example, if you want to send a CD, that is allowed, but the child receiving the CD might not have a CD player. There could even be the potential for that child not having access to reliable electricity where they are located. So, while you are able to send a CD, there are more aspects of that CD to consider.
If an item requires batteries, it’s also a good idea to include extra batteries as those might not be available to the child. And please note that loose batteries must have both ends covered according to the packing tips.
Samaritan’s Purse provides a great FAQ that gives a lot more information on what can be sent and any restrictions. They've even made it easy to give more by building a shoebox online. It's super simple!
Other than a great opportunity to bless a child for Christmas, Operation Christmas Child offers your family a great project to help focus on considering others. Help round out this experience by discussing the reason for the shoebox with your children. Your child might not have considered that other children don’t have the same kind of life that your child has. What a great way to reach out and share your love while teaching your child to learn about other areas of the world!
Preparing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift is a perfect chance to open your child’s eyes to blessing others and maybe even sow a seed in your little one to reach out to others around the world and locally.