It’s Operation Christmas Child time!
Many kids around the world do not get gifts during the holiday season. It’s a sad but very true fact of life. Samaritan’s Purse has a program where people can pack shoeboxes filled with gifts to children all over the world. Ultimately, the boxes are opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Every year my church hosts their annual OCC boxing event. The congregation eats lunch together, we sprawl out on the floor, and pack our boxes together. The church provides some of the sanitary/school items (combs, toothbrushes, soap, crayons, pencils, and pens), and it’s up to each individual to buy their toys.
Walking into the toy aisle always reminds me of when I was a little kid – aisle upon aisle of dolls, stuffed animals, legos, and games. To this day, it’s still fun to shop for toys! MG and I decided to put together 4 boxes this year but to personalize each box by writing a letter to our kids and sending a a Lam family picture. It’s always nice to get a gift with a personal touch. For those who want to make kids feel merry this season, they can also try giving spectacular gifts such as a handcrafted wooden playhouse for sale.
We made these cards at home with some stuff lying around the house (construction paper, twine, glitter, dollies, and cotton balls). These cards are perfect for little kiddies to make.
I’m really proud of the snowflake one, so here’s how I did it!
See the swirly design in the middle of the dollie? Basically trace the pattern with glue and sprinkle glitter!
So easy, and such a fun way to use items around your house.
Here are all the toys we purchased for our boxes! We got some jump ropes, a baby doll, a stuffed bunny, and some sidewalk chalk for 2-4 year old girls. For the 5-9 year old boys we purchased marbles, trucks, zombie figures, and putty.
MG packing his boys’ boxes. I chose girls!
All done and filled to the brim! Enjoy little ones!
My favorite thing about OCC is watching kids pack boxes. For them to give up toys for other children in need is a profound understanding of love, a sacrificial love that Jesus has for all of us.
Very handsome Niko (maybe this guy got some help with his boxes)
I encourage you to pack a box for a child in need. For under $20, you are able to provide so much joy for a child that may have never received a gift before. Plus, it’s great entertainment for you to go toy shopping. There is more information on OCC and how to pack a box here.
Have you participated in OCC before? What is your favorite part of packing the box? If you haven’t done this before, is this something you may consider?
In His Name,
Love your handmade cards!!
Thanks Lydia! I’m expecting a Christmas card from you now 😉
The cards are great! I love that this is so simple that kids can get involved!
Thanks for the support Joyce! Do you also pack boxes for OCC? What kinds of things do you put in the OCC boxes?
Those cards are great, I love your snowflake one!
We love OCC! Last year I did a box for each gender/age group. This year I did boxes for the middle and oldest boy groups. It is always so fun to pick stuff out and make sure I’ve got all the bases covered (hygiene stuff, something cuddly, school supplies, fun things and toys, etc)
Thanks for the support! OCC is so much fun. I honestly feel like a kid again when I go shopping for toys, even better is that I don’t keep them and clutter the house 😉
I tend to go for the younger kid boxes so that I can buy dolls and stuffed animals. I don’t even know what older kids like anymore! Haha