One of our favorite times of the year has come and gone – Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing time! We collect items throughout the year for our packing during National Collection Week in November. (I shared about how we collect items in one of our previous posts (at the end of this post).)
Norm and I had taken part in packing shoeboxes even before our dating years (17ish years ago), and I’m glad it is one of the traditions we have kept as a family. I guess I didn’t document our shoebox packing adventures before 4 years ago, but here’s a look down memory lane:
We brought boxes to MOPS and Awana this year, and I just found out that some of our boxes are going to the Philippines and also to some restricted areas.
And it’s not just immediate family tradition, here are boxes that my sister and my brother packed this year too!
If you would prefer to just donate instead of pack a box, you can Build Your Shoebox Online anytime of the year.
The shoebox that a child receives is not only a gift of hope, but it is also a gift of good news. CLICK TO TWEET
More videos: Sharing God with a Gift | The Peace of Letting Go
Here are some great resources and spiritual impact stories to encourage you:
- How to Pack a Shoebox – My girls love watching the Veggies every year.
- Order Free Materials – Get shoeboxes to fill, and stickers too!
- Follow Your Box – This is my favorite part!
- Find Drop-Off Locations – If you are local (to me), our MOPS group collects boxes with Redwood Christian, and our Awana groups collects boxes with First Baptist.
Have you packed a shoebox before? What are some of your favorite items to include? Are you following your box? Where is it headed this Christmas?
You can read more of our Operation Christmas Child posts:
2010 – Shoebox Packing | Update
2011 – Operation Christmas Child 2011
2012 – Operation Christmas Child 2012 | Update
2013 – Operation Christmas Child 2013