Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

 Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child is a program through Samaritan’s Purse that delivers Christmas shoeboxes full of goodies to kids in other countries. We have been packing shoe boxes for many years and I can’t encourage others enough in contributing to this wonderful cause. I save shoeboxes throughout the year in preparation for packing it at Christmas but you can also buy a shoebox at the Dollar Tree, either one will work.

Here is a link to see the program details: Operation Christmas Child

They are a few extra things you can do as well, such as, follow your box and see where it lands, pack a box online if you don’t have time to shop, order boxes and labels, send a letter and photo of your child and in return you may get a pen pal or lifelong friend.

A few things to remember before packing your Christmas shoebox

wrap your box and lid separately

you will need to pay $7 per box to cover shipping costs

read the list online for suggestions of items to pack

pray over your box(es) before dropping off

last day to drop off at a location near you is Monday, November 25th

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Samaritan’s Purse is wonderful organization and in addition to the shoeboxes, we donate each year from the catalog they send out at Christmas. You can buy goats and chickens for families, school supplies, bibles, all sorts of unique things that the people in these countries need. You can also simply donate money. Whichever works for you, feel confident that your time and donation is most definitely helping those in need.

As a side note, I read a post on Facebook a few days ago that showed a chart of how organizations use their donation money and what I read, really surprised me. So I thought I would check it out and verify the accuracy of this information. I used Charity Navigator to research it and sure enough, some of the larger organizations that you think are helping the most, are not helping much at all. I won’t go into details or name any organizations, just check it out for yourself and form your own opinions.

I hope you will consider donating to this worthy cause at Samaritan’s Purse. God bless you and yours and I pray that you have a wonderful holiday season!



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