Packing a Christmas Child shoebox to send to Operation Christmas Child is a great way to send God's love to children all over the world!
This has become a Christmas tradition in our family! We have four children of our own so we have chosen to pack at least four Christmas shoeboxes to send to Samaritan's Purse each year.
Some of the things we make sure to put in our boxes each year include: toothbrush, water bottle filled with suckers, soap & washcloth (This year I crocheted a washcloth soap holder on a rope; they say many of the children bathe in the rivers and soap can become easily lost.), crayons or pencils, coloring book or paper, sunglasses, flashlight with extra batteries, various age appropriate small toys, and a note from our family (sometimes even a photo). *Samaritan's purse will include a Gospel message in each box!
**Working at drop-off locations is another great way to give your time in helping process these boxes for their journey! Christmas giving doesn't always cost money; living God's love out loud can come from giving of our time and ourselves!
Samaritan's Purse also puts out a Christmas Catalog. Give your child the gift of giving to others by providing for needs for families all over the world. Gifts range from $5 and up; they include everything from Bibles, to clean water supply, to dairy animals, chicks & more!
Do this with your family or with a church group or Sunday School class! What better way to put our family's or church's focus on the real reason for the season - Jesus!
Samaritan's Purse offers 3 Bible Mission lessons for primary elementary grades to go along with packing Christmas Child Shoeboxes that will help your own children or students better understand the concept of giving the gift of God's love. These three lessons focus on the Biblical concept of gift-giving, the Good Samaritan, and giving hope.
There are also 3 Secondary School lessons which include a Bible lesson on the Good Samaritan, "A Matter of Rights", and "Unpacking a Shoebox" with printable gift cards to include.