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So you've spent all year collecting things to send to a Christmas Child.  Now what?

Packing party!!!  That's what!!!

We have had two amazing people at our church coordinating our Operation Christmas Child collections this year.  They carried up boxes and boxes of things we had collected, sorted them, and laid them out on tables to make packing easier.

We had toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, tissues, manicure sets...

Hairbrushes, combs, compacts, hand mirrors...

Hairbands, bows, clips, headbands...

 

Hats and mittens...

Lots of socks...

Flip-flops, slippers, sandals, princess shoes...

Sunglasses...

Bracelets, necklaces, rings, tiaras, princess wands...

Stuffed Animals of all shapes and sizes...

Jump ropes, tops, marbles, animals, dinosaurs...

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, trains...

Bouncy Balls, foam balls, stress balls, footballs, soccer balls, pom-poms...

 

Party blowers, harmonicas, kazoos, castanets, horns, clackers...

Pencils and sharpeners, pens, crayons, markers, notebooks, stickers, erasers, coloring books...

Candy...

...And lots of empty boxes to fill!!!

To make sure we filled boxes for boys and girls of all ages our boxes were already marked for either a boy or girl ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.  So all we had to do was pick up our box and start packing!

Preparing my daughter for packing

My daughter is still pretty young, so she didn't entirely understand what was going on.  Throughout the year I have been preparing her to help with the packing.  Whenever we purchased items for our boxes I would ask her, "Do you think our Christmas Child would like this?"  Of course, she wanted to play with all the toys and wear all the socks so I would gently reminder her, "These are for our Christmas Child.  You have lots of toys.  We are going to send these to a little boy or girl who doesn't have very many toys."

Weeks before...

A few weeks before the packing party we started writing letters.  Samaritan's Purse has a great template that children can use for their letters.  I recorded my daughter's answer to questions such as, "What's you're favorite color?" and "What's your favorite game to play?".  I helped her color in our state and country so our Christmas Child can see where we live.  Then I let my daughter color in all the picture.

At first I felt a little guilty about my daughter's letters.  She's staring the transition from scribbling to coloring so there was crayon all over the paper.  It looks very messy.  I didn't want a child to look at her letter and think that she didn't care enough to do a good job coloring.  It's actually some of her better coloring!

But then I was reminded of when my daughter was a baby and the kids at church would present her with their "masterpieces" they had made during service.  I never once looked at those pictures and thought they didn't care enough or didn't try hard enough.  I looked at them and was deeply touched that they had taken the time to do something special for my daughter.  So we packed in the letters and I prayed somewhere that a mother would see through the scribbles and see all the love that was colored into those pages.

Days before...

Days before we were to pack shoeboxes I started showing my daughter pictures of children smiling and holding their shoeboxes.  We get newsletters from Samaritan's Purse so we read those together.  We also looked through the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Catalog and talked about how a lot of children don't have as many things as her.  We talked about how happy the children looked receiving their shoeboxes.

Photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse

Day of...

The morning before we went to our packing party my daughter and I sat down together and watched a video of Samaritan's Purse handing out shoeboxes.  We watched the children pull out their treasurse and smile and squeal with delight.  We watched them showing off the contents of their boxes to their friends.  We talked about how happy the children were to receive presents.  We talked about how we would be packing boxes just like the ones in the video and sending them to children too!

At our party we packed approximately 180 shoeboxes.  My daughter and I went home when the tables started to look like this.

However, there were other people who were not content with 180 shoeboxes and ran out to buy more toys, toiletries, and school supplies.  Others took empty boxes home and brought them back to the church full.

I am proud to say that our church met our goal of filling 200 shoeboxes!!!!

Way to go everyone!!!  Thank you Ed & Marci for organizing our collection and packing party! 

 


Did you miss a month?

12 Months of Christmas: January - Personal Hygiene
12 Months of Christmas: February - Musical Instruments
12 Months of Christmas: March - Wearables
12 Months of Christmas: April - Toys

12 Months of Christmas: May - School & Craft Supplies
12 Months of Christmas: June - Fun Tableware
12 Months of Christmas: July - Sturdy Shoes
12 Months of Christmas: August - "Wow" Gifts
12 Months of Christmas: September - Sturdy Shoeboxes
12 Months of Christmas: October - Letters
12 Months of Christmas: November - Packing Party!

12 Months of Christmas: December - Prayers


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