Friday, 6 November 2009
Operation Christmas Child!
I love the ministry of Operation Christmas Child.
Filling shoeboxes with gifts for children living in desparate situations - what a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!
Though it still feels like Christmas is a long way off, this is definitely one of my favourite family traditions.
Our church generally donates the Sunday School offering from Sept - Nov to Operation Christmas Child as well, so our kids are well familiar with this project!
Each year we pack one shoebox per child (Jacob isn't quite old enough to understand this, we'll do one for him starting next year).
I already purchased a bunch of school supplies to put in the boxes when we shopped for school in the States - such good deals!
Today I took all 4 kids (yes, another day off school - craziness!) to Dollarama to pick up the last of the items. It definitely would've been easier for me to pick them up when I was at Dollarama on Tuesday with just 2 kids, but I wanted the girls to be able to pick out the stuff themselves - they're much more invested in it that way, and they love doing it!
We pack for kids the "same" as our kids - so we have boxes for 3 girls ages 4, 6, 8. They all got virtually the same items. After I assembled the boxes (which I picked up from our church - very handy that they're doing the same project), each girl got to pack their own box. I had to help rearrange them so everything would fit - those stuffed animals can create some problems! LOL
Here's what we packed in each box....
writing booklet with cute butterflies on the cover
bag of marbles
small bouncy ball
stuffed animal or animal puppet (depending on what our girls picked)
a homemade Christmas card from the girls
I think that's it - a lot of practical stuff, and a few fun things thrown in too. Hopefully they'll enjoy them! I know we had a blast putting it together.