Yesterday, we put the finishing touches on our shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Each box is filled with an assortment of school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and candy and will be shipped to children around the world. This was our Christmas mission project through Singers & Scholars and I was thrilled that with 12 children involved in the choir/Bible study program this fall, we were able to pack 12 shoe boxes! Here is a glimpse at the process:
If you’re not familiar with the program, here is a little more information. Operation Christmas Child of the larger Samaritan’s Purse (since 1970) aims to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. It’s as simple as packing a shoe box for boys and girls ranging in age from 2-14. November 14-21 is National Collection Week – read more about packing a shoe box here.
A few weeks ago, we had each child write a letter to include in the boxes. They wrote beautiful letters talking about everything from school and church to drawing a picture of their house. We made our donation to the shipping costs ($7/box) online so we will be able to track each shoe box on its journey around the world! How cool is that?!