Friendship Friday: Spotlight On Operation Christmas Child.

This time of year is when I start thinking of Christmas.  Actually I've already been thinking of Christmas since June, but that's a different story.  More specifically, this is the perfect time to stock up on office and school supplies.  Why not pick up a few extra items to donate to your local school, or to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child?  The Samaritan's Purse Organization collects shoe boxes filled with practical and fun gifts, then distributes them to children that would otherwise have nothing to look forward to during the holiday season.

For the last 8 years I have filled at least one shoe box to donate, and if possible I have filled 2 or more boxes.  Each year Samaritan's Purse will announce which area of the world they are focusing on, and give a list of recommended items to help you in your donations. Local churches volunteer to hand out official Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes, labels, and information.  These churches also become the drop-off places when your boxes are filled.  I usually just use my own shoe boxes to help keep the costs down for this charity. When my shoe box is filled, I apply the appropriate label (Is the gift for a boy or a girl? and What age group did I have in mind when filling the box?). Last of all, I enclose a short note along with a picture of my family, and a $7 donation to help with shipping costs.

You can find more information on how to pack a shoe box here, and also printable labels for your box.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, brings joy and hope to needy children around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. Since 1993, more than 86 million shoe box gifts have been delivered to children in more than 130 countries. Visit our Web site to learn more about how you can change a child's life through a simple shoe box gift.
 Who is Samaritan's Purse?
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.  To participate, order free materials by visiting or calling 1-800-353-5949.
Quotes extracted from Operation Christmas Child, Facebook Page, 09/02/11 

Video extracted from Samaritan's

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