Next week is National Collection Week, Nov 15-22,
for the Operation Christmas Child Ministry.
The Ministry is run through an organization called Samaritan's Purse International Relief.
The idea behind the ministry is to purchase toys, toiletries, school supplies, clothing, etc for less fortunate girls and boys all over the world. They ask that you fill shoe boxes with these items and pray for these children. We initially heard about the ministry through our church and have been filling shoe boxes for girls and boys for the last few years.
These are some of the items we purchased this year.
For a girl:
For a boy:
Wrapping the shoe boxes are optional.
You need to attach labels to the tops of the boxes saying whether
the gift is for a boy or girl and check off the appropriate age. They
also ask for a $7 donation for each shoe box to handle shipping.
You can find all the instructions on their website here.
It's a great project to do with your kids. This year the kids are going to
make cards to include in the boxes, along with our return address.
We've made our donations on-line so we can track where are shoe boxes
travel, and we're hopeful that we may even hear back from the recipient.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa