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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Operation Christmas Child ~ Thoughts on a Shoebox

Operation Christmas ChildThis year I had a bad attitude about doing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

VERY BAD.

As in ~ we weren’t going to do them at all. Ever again.

God completely changed my heart this year while I was at the Relevant Conference and had the opportunity to learn more about the organization…read more at Totally Tots.

 

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13 Comments:

  • We have been doing these every year for 7 years! Sometimes just 1 box sometimes 4! It gets a little pricer with the older age group but what an awesome gift. You can watch the video clips on their website to see the process and the kids getting them too.
    I use to do a big party with friends everyone brought a bunch of one thing and we packed the boxes. We did Christmas in July with cookies and punch.
    Have fun!
    Kelly

    By Blogger K-tribe, At November 4, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

  • Ashley is looking forward to going down to the processing plant and working later this month. A friend of mine is our area coordinator for OCC and gave Ashley a "certificate" to pay 1/2 her way for the trip.

    By Blogger Heidi, At November 4, 2010 at 8:37 AM  

  • We do this every year with the kids. Each child does a shoebox for someone their age. Dare I ask what had you so against it?

    By Blogger Joesette, At November 4, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

  • I have posted the link in my yahoo group Workboxes Tots to Kinder in the hopes of getting a few more filled. I had never heard of this operation before so am so thankful you are "back onboard" and spreading the word.

    The good thing is I just went stocking filling shopping for my daughters, I have an abundance of toiletries from couponing and unopened daycare supplies. Not looking forwardto go back out for stocking fillers, but such a wonderful way to give.

    By Blogger Itsy Bitsy Learners, At November 4, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

  • We did this last year instead of a big birthday party for my daughter. We had her friends bring items for shoe box instead of give her presents. We provided the shoe boxes and the shipping costs Everyone came over, put boxes together, had snacks, watched Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving (There was a tie in with OCC), and then played. We had a wonderful time.

    By Blogger Angela, At November 4, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

  • It's funny that you posted this today. I have a post scheduled for next week for OCC. We did this last year and it was a highlight for the kids. Jamie and I had wanted to adopt a family this year instead of OCC, but the kids chose OCC hands-down. We hope to stuff a good many boxes this year. I watched the video--thank you for sharing it--I know I'll add it to my post as well. This is such a worthwhile cause!

    By Blogger Our Homeschool Fun, At November 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

  • We do OCC every year. My oldest really looks forward to it and hopefully the tot will as well. I'm excited that we can track the boxes this year. We get to spread the gospel and get a little extra geography in.

    By Blogger Giggly Girls, At November 4, 2010 at 6:39 PM  

  • There is something more to this video than you may even realize. My best friend is from Bosnia and also lived through those terrible times. She is a few years younger then the lady in the video. But I sent this link to her and she was amazed because she has never known a or heard of a "Christian Bosnian." It is so rare that they would convert to Christianity because they are predominantly Muslim and if they convert then they risk the change of family and friends not only rejecting them but possibly even killing then.
    Praise the Lord for his mightly hand working out details (shoes)and transforming hearts when mere man tries to control our faith. I am so happy I serve and sit alongside a great God!

    By Anonymous Sharon, At November 4, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

  • We love doing shoeboxes every year! This will be our 3rd or 4th year now. My kids have been saving things all year long:)

    By Blogger Lora @ my blessed life, At November 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

  • Thanks for this post. I was laying in bed thinking that we should participate this year and here was your post the next morning. Talk about confirmation! The kids and I went yesterday and made some purchases. My sister and her boys are on board now too! Thanks again.

    By Blogger Andria, At November 5, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

  • We used to do this, but haven't in a couple of years. I don't know how we are going to do Christmas for our kids. I know there is more to Christmas than gifts, but it gets real depressing when you don't know if you can do anything. So I don't think I would dare ask hubby about doing these this year, there's no way. I do miss it though

    By Blogger kewkew, At November 6, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

  • I have posted the link in my yahoo group Workboxes Tots to Kinder in the hopes of getting a few more filled. I had never heard of this operation before so am so thankful you are "back onboard" and spreading the word.

    The good thing is I just went stocking filling shopping for my daughters, I have an abundance of toiletries from couponing and unopened daycare supplies. Not looking forwardto go back out for stocking fillers, but such a wonderful way to give.

    By Anonymous Itsy Bitsy Learners, At December 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

  • We used to do this, but haven't in a couple of years. I don't know how we are going to do Christmas for our kids. I know there is more to Christmas than gifts, but it gets real depressing when you don't know if you can do anything. So I don't think I would dare ask hubby about doing these this year, there's no way. I do miss it though

    By Anonymous kewkew, At December 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

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