One new way our family is giving this year is through a program called Operation Christmas Child. It is run by Samaritan’s Purse…an international relief program that has been around for over 40 years. I had heard about this program for the first time last year while reading other blogs. In a nutshell, you pack a shoebox with small items like toys, school supplies, health care items, etc. and then drop it off at a designated location so it can be shipped to a child who probably won’t otherwise get anything for Christmas. I love their mission statement:
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 one thing to go preaching the gospel, but it’s quite another to show a child who Jesus is through helping to meet their needs.
I was pleasantly surprised that the family is so onboard about doing this. Ds16 picked out one of his shoeboxes and picked a boy in the age range of 5-9 years (you get to choose the age range and gender). We are wrapping our box and will load it up this week so it can be dropped off during the week of November 15-22 (which is their drop off time).
This is such an easy and fun way to give to a needy child. Go check out the website to see if you might be interested too!