If you are looking for an easy way you can teach your children they can make a difference, then allow me to introduce to you Operation Christmas Child.
From Samaritanspurse.org :
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been packed, shipped, and delivered across the globe. People of all ages can be involved in this simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.
Our family has participated in this wonderful project for over 5 years now, and this year’s excitement was no different than any other. My kids just have to hear the word “shoebox” and they are ready to go shopping for “their” kids.
This year we doubled our fun and allowed the kids prepare boxes for two children each. We also include a photo and our address in hopes we will hear from maybe one of our “shoebox kids”. It hasn’t happened yet, but this could be the year.
This whole week, November 17-24, is the “Collection Week” for the shoe boxes.
So, it’s NOT TOO LATE to get involved. To help cover the costs of shipping boxes, a $7 donation is asked, which can be paid online. And if you don’t have time to make a box, you can donate money at the website linked below.
For more shoebox information and where to find a collection site near you, click on the icon:
If I haven’t convinced you yet to participate in this opportunity to share with children around the world, take the time to watch this moving video. WARNING: might need kleenex.
Just look at these sweet faces:
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”