A couple of years ago Brandon and I decided that instead of giving each other Christmas presents we would participate in Operation Christmas Child and spend the money on a shoe box filled with goodies for young kids who truly need it. We decided to do it again this year. The object is to fit as much goodness as you possibly can into a shoebox. These shoe boxes go all over the world: Romania, Africa, the Philippines etc.
So much of the time I feel so helpless and so fortunate that it borders on guilt. It's such a great feeling to know there is something I can do (even in the tiniest capacity) to make one of these kids smile. If one young girl walks away feeling like someone is thinking about her and someone cares about her then tiny mission accomplished. But this isn't about patting myself on the back for a good deed - it's about encouraging you to make your own! (Seriously, get up and get going.)
I chose to make a box for a girl (of course) age 5-9 and Brandon chose to make a box for a boy (duh) age 5-9. Brandon and I were giddy going up and down the toy aisles reminiscing about silly putty, stickers and matchbox cars. Like almost everything in our relationship, it kinda turned into a competition and we heckled each other about whose box would be better.
|My box is totally better ;-)|
Toothbrush/paste (to make up for the candy)
Three activity books
Princess doll with an outfit change
Brandon's Boy Box
Crayons with Cars coloring book
Afterwards we wrapped the box and the lid separately since the organization needs to look through your box to be sure of its contents.
What are you putting in your shoebox?
Oh, and P.S. while shopping for my shoebox, look at this great find I scored at Target in the $1 bin!