Christmas is only 8 weeks away. Plus a little change.
Does that strike fear into your heart?
I cannot even wrap my head around the fact the October is nearly over, especially since our temperatures have risen back up to the point that I break a sweat going out to retrieve the mail.
And that’s just wrong.
One clue that signals the start of the holiday season is the distribution of shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, and is frankly one of our very favorite children’s charities.
The premise behind Operation Christmas Child is to reach millions of children all over world. Children who are impoverished and may not know the love of Christ.
Shoe box distribution begins at the grass roots level, through a church or other organization. Volunteer families fill the shoe box with small gifts of toys, art supplies, basic hygiene needs, for example and choose the age and if the box is filled for a girl or a boy. You can also include a family picture and letter for the child.
We’ll be filling boxes for our Awana group and the girl’s American Heritage Girls scouting troop this year. Each year that we’ve done this project, my kids have thoroughly enjoyed hand selecting what should be carefully packed into their child’s shoe box.
I cannot tell you how many stories I’ve heard about a child receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoe box at Christmas time, and how that one small act of kindness completely changing the course of their life.
And as you might know that I’m a hot weeping mess every time our church shows the video announcing the start of Operation Christmas Child.
Blessed are the little children.
Last week at church, I heard about a little girl in our Awana group that inspired her entire elementary school to get involved in the program.
A public school. And yes, it had to be approved by the School Board. And it passed. Which is astonishing since Operation Christmas Child is an evangelical Christian organization.
That made my heart happy.
For more information on how to get involved with Operation Christmas Child, please visit their website. You can order free materials for your own group or church, or find out where the closest drop off location is. The national collection week is November 16th through the 23rd.
As we get closer, I’ll share what my children have packed this year. Jensen is even going to pack a shoe box. I’ll have to inspect that particular box very very carefully.
He’s not above an attempt to ship a pesky older sister off to another country.