On Tuesday, Joe came home with a shoe box. Someone speaking at his school on behalf of Samaritan’s Purse talked about “Operation Christmas Child”, and Joe wanted to participate.
Last night, he and I made a list of items we could buy for a boy between the ages of 5 – 9. Joe asked that we include socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste, school supplies, and a slinky. Once the list was complete, I went out to get the items. Joe stayed home to work on a letter he planned on including in the box, along with a picture of himself.
While I wasn’t able to find a slinky, I did purchase a small Lego Creator set, crayons, pads of paper, pencils, glue sticks, erasers, and the other items Joe mentioned. Joe and I packed up the shoe box and tied it with string. The school will take it to a drop off location today.
Soon, a child will receive Joe’s shoebox. I am imagining the boy smiling when he sees what is inside his very own box, and I am wondering what he will draw with his new crayons. I hope he is able to write Joe, as we included our mailing address in the shoebox. I am certain, if the child chooses to write, Joe’s face will light up and he will be forever changed. He’s already changed by participating in this charitable act.
I’m proud of this kid Joe, and I was happy to complete this project with him.
This is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child. (November 12 – 19) If you have a few minutes, maybe you and your kids could participate, too. If you do not celebrate Christmas or you are not a believer – no worries. Giving does not require religion.
Here is a link to Operation Christmas Child: http: //www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/occ/.
I hope you’ll join us in sending a child a smile in a box.