But basically, it's a Christian organization that collects shoe boxes full of gifts and supplies for needy children around the world. The shoe box that you put together may be the only thing a child gets for Christmas, and is SO worth your time and effort.
Here is their mission statement:
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
How awesome is that? I love getting involved with their organization and have been making Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes since I was little. In high school I got to go to their giant warehouse in Charlotte a few times to help inspect boxes. It's a fantastic Christmas tradition that involves so much more than just eating food or decorating - you're making an impact and showing God's love to others in a practical way. I definitely want to make this a Shelley family tradition.
This past Thursday a couple of us from my Bible study got together with Jordan's Bible study to put together some boxes. We had SO much fun. We all went to the dollar store to pick out our items and then came back to our place to assemble them. Half of Jordan's Bible study is made up of NC State football coaches, so it was adorable to see these big tough guys picking out tiny toys for little kids and playing with them before they put them in the box. :)
I made a box for a 5-9 year old little girl.
I included some notepads, markers, headbands, hairbands, stickers, noise makers, Play Doh, a brush, stuffed animal, book, necklace, toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, and candy. Basically everything I would have wanted at that age. (Or maybe even now...) You can fit a lot of stuff in that box. And you better believe a lot of it was Disney Princess. :)
Have you participated in this before? Does anyone do this with their kids?
If you want to put together a box make sure you drop it off by tomorrow!