Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Operation Christmas Child

On Sunday we had the opportunity to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. I will start by saying that if you're not familiar with this, go to www.samaritanspurse.org for more information. Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spirtitual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.

Operation Christmas Child is just one of the ways that this organization is helping around the world. People like us donate items and then wrap shoe boxes so that little kids can have Christmas all around the world. Since 1993, more than 100 million shoe box gifts have been collected for needy children around the world. This means if you stacked all 100 million show box gifts on top of each other, they would be 26 times higher than the Empire State Building! 

My friend Abby is a children's pastor at her church and she invited a few of us families to participate. We purchased small items like toothbrushes, soap, school supplies and small toys. Then we brought our donations to her church along with everyone else's and had a packing party. 

This was a lot of fun and we got our whole families involved in it too! We wrapped our boxes and then walked to the tables and picked out presents to put in our boxes. The kids were able to write letters too to put in their boxes. 

I hope you enjoy the pictures here and take some time this holiday season to help someone in need. 

Here's my friends Karen and Abby and myself getting ready to pack our boxes. 

I love that Karen's son was helping! 

Here's my son showing his letter to the child who gets his box. 

Here's Karen and her son with their completed box. 

My son and I show off our filled boxes. 

One of Abby's daughters shows her filled box. 

Here's Abby's son with his box. 

Here's Abby and her husband and their youngest daughter. 

My husband is showing his filled box. He also did a great job wrapping! 

Karen's son places the box in the stack. 

When it was all said and done, there were over 70 boxes packed that night! 

What a great cause! This was such a great experience to help with and was a fun time spent with friends. 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae

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