Kids Helping Kids Who are Less Fortunate
It’s tough for my kids to realize that some kids don’t own any books or have enough food. They’re fortunate and their friends are in a similarly privileged position. Yet, they can empathize if asked to imagine what it would be like, and this motivates them to want to help.
My kids decided that they each wanted to pack a shoebox and that they would donate some of their own allowance money towards toys.
When BlogFrog invited me to create a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, I had no idea what this was. An empty shoebox? A shoebox with shoes? No, it’s a simple way to give back to children who are less fortunate. It’s very easy:
1. Use an empty shoebox (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required.
2. Boy or Girl?
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get
a special label to learn the destination of your shoebox gift.
3. Fill it up!
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here.
4. Donate $7
Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our Follow Your Box option, or you
can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.
5. Drop Off
Click here to find the closest drop-off location and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012.
You can also send shoebox gifts year-round to:
Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607
The fine print:
National Collection Week is Nov 12-19th. Gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Additional information on OCC’s Facebook and Pinterest.
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built. Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.
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