Operation Christmas Child 2013 – #ShoeboxSi

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I don’t know if you remember, but last year I posted a short video on packing a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.  This is something we’ve done for many years with our daughter from when she was just a little girl as part of our Christmas preparations.  Over the years, OCC has been able to send 100 million gifts to children all over the world.

This year, they hope to send 9.8 million shoebox gifts to children in need.

Good news. Great joy.

National Collection week for shoebox gifts for 2013 is November 18-25.  I like to pack our gifts in plastic shoeboxes, and when we were at Target this week, I picked some up for our assembly!  

All throughout the year I pick up small things here and there that are perfect for shoeboxes and tuck them away in a storage container and then every November we open it up and pack those boxes full of small treasures.

The simple gifts you put in those boxes provide much more than just fleeting moments of joy.  With each gift, OCC shares the good news that Jesus loves every child.  If you can’t physically pack a shoebox yourself, remember you can always pack one online.

Hey! It’s shoebox time Jack!

Everyone’s favorite uncle, Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty, is going to show you How to Pack a Shoebox.  The video runs about 7 minutes, but it’s a fun way to learn about what should (and shouldn’t!) be packed in an OCC shoebox.

How great was that?

I’m so excited that this year we’re planning on visiting an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Processing Station if we can fit it into our schedule when my parents visit over Thanksgiving week.  The Dallas area station is about 30 minutes from us and I’m really hoping we can make it.  If we do, be sure that I’ll be blogging about it and showing you what happens to your boxes after you’ve packed them and they’re collected.

Have you ever packed an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox?  If so what kinds of things do you put in yours?

9 thoughts on “Operation Christmas Child 2013 – #ShoeboxSi

  1. We love filling the shoeboxes! I need to start collecting things throughout the year like you. We usually put in small toys, school supplies, and toiletries.

  2. I haven't participated in this program, yet. I do collections for our local food drive, Salvation Army Stockings, and Christmas Tree Angels, though.

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