Monday, November 9, 2015

Operation Christmas Child: Throwback to 2011

Years ago, I kept a small family blog to record the happenings of my then family of four.  I found this post from 2011.  I thought this was very fitting because the church's collection day for boxes is this Wednesday.  The National Collection Week is November 16-23.  You can find more information here!

Reading back over this really made me think about Ohio and our church family.  We miss you all! It definitely brought a smile to my face.

Reposted from November 2011

Our shoeboxes are all packed and ready for collection Sunday next week at church. 

We really wanted Kinsley to understand why she was filling a shoebox, so we first went to to watch videos of children receiving their shoeboxes.  You can also go to the site to find out more information about what to put in your box and the children that receive the gifts.
After watching the video, Kinsley and I talked about the things we saw the kids opening in the boxes.  Over the past year, I had been picking up little things I would find on sale for our shoebox gifts.  We looked at what we already had and made a list of what we still needed to buy.  Kinsley drew the items and asked me how to spell each item.

Kinsley and I went shopping and then we as a family packed the boxes and prayed for the kids who would be receiving them.  My dear friend made a video for our church starring Miss Kinsley.  I think it is adorable!

Making the video was a great experience and Kinsley thought she was a celebrity at church ;)  Thanks, Jamie!

We packed a box for a 2-4 year old boy.  We included: 2 sets of balls and mits, car stickers, teddy bear, crayons, coloring book, notepad, bowling game, silly bands, car, socks, tank top, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, candy, and a yo-yo.

We packed a box for a 2-4 year old girl.  We included: wind-up fishing game, 2 small baby dolls, stickers, crayons, coloring book, notepad, ball, socks, yo-yo, purse, jump-rope, candy, and a t-shirt. 

Do you have your box ready? What are some tips you have for packing a shoebox?


Here is a great post by Katie Garrett.  I had not thought about these things.  She gives great perspective on how to thoughtfully pack a box!


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