|Image Courtesy of OCC|
Because I know we will be filling shoe boxes each November I specifically acquire and store items that would be appropriate
for a child and fit in the shoe box (personal hygiene, school supplies, toys). We have done this for as long as Samaritan's Purse (an international Christian relief agency) has been doing it, I believe, which is approximately 15 years. Some years we do a few and some we do dozens.
|Correspondence I received from one|
of my shoe box girls in Latvia.
|CVS deals alone filled this Shoe Box|
a few years ago.
If you have any interest in starting a tradition with your children or grandchildren (or by yourself) of giving to a child in crisis at Christmas this is a great program with which to do it. It is simple and can be very personal by including a letter and a picture. Often in the videos of the children receiving the boxes it is the photograph that they are most thrilled with. I remember seeing a little Spanish speaking fellow waving the photo shouting "amigos, amigos."
how to pack a shoe box and find a collection center near you by visiting the website (these are updated in October). Collection week is always the week before Thanksgiving. So I am cranking up my deal hunting to see how many I can fill this year. This week I was able to get two tubes of toothpaste to add to my Operation Christmas stock pile. I'll share each week what I get, and if Sarah has time I'll have her share hers.
If you would like to find great ideas for filling a shoe box or other deals from other stores that would be great for filling a shoe box check out Clip With Purpose. Jessica keeps us updated on all the hottest deals on items for shoe boxes year round from numerous stores. You can also keep up with Clip With Purpose on Facebook or Operation Christmas Child on Facebook.
I have also since started my own blog, Simply Shoe Boxes. I share my personal journey of packing shoe boxes for kids in need. I'd love to have you stop by and check out Simply Shoe Boxes (and if you leave a comment I'll know you were there). You can also follow Simply Shoe Boxes on Facebook or sign up for emails.
Images courtesy of Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan's Purse.