Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Fun Christmas Project To Give Children A Thrill

Many churches participate in what is called "Operation Christmas Child" sponsored by Samaritan's Purse. I have participated in this project by getting a shoe box and filling it with lots of little things for some child in a foreign country. You can mark your box as for a girl or boy and what age range: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. You also enclose a check for $7 to cover shipping (I'm surprised it's only $7--used to be $5). The idea is to pray for the child who will receive your gift and when Samaritan's Purse distributes the gifts, they will also share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the children. It's fun to fill up a shoe box with stuff. I was surprised at how much can actually fit into a shoe box the first time I did this.

THINGS NOT TO INCLUDE: Liquids or lotions, food, chocolate, vitamins, aerosol cans, old/used items, breakable items, war related items.

Check out their website for more information and how you can participate at

Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son, is President of Samaritan's purse and has a burden for helping hurting people around the world. I read his autobiography, "Rebel With a Cause" that I found to be both interesting and inspiring.

Collection week is November 17-24. I'll have to start shopping for my box pretty soon!


dreamwalker said...

Hi, this post couldn't have come at a better time. It reminded me of others who are in a worse situation than I am. I have been worrying all day about money and how I am going to make ends meet for the next month when I read your post about giving...Thanks!

Karen and Gerard said...

That's interesting, glad it helped to remind you of how rich you are.

Susan Cook said...

My daughters Brownie troop did this last year. And we are doing it again this year. A woman who ships boxes to them came to our meeting and talked about the children who receive them it really makes you appreciate what you have. It was a good lesson for the kids in the Brownie troop.

The Author said...

Karen, that's a wonderful idea. I contribute to my Compassion sponsored children for their Christmas gifts and we also have an angel tree at our church but this is another way to help children at Christmas.
It is so much better to give than to receive and I thank you for pointing out a worthwhile cause.

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