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Operation Christmas Child #OCCGiveBack

Posted Nov 15 2012 6:00am
This year we plan on doing Christmas a little differently around our house.

After many years of experiencing the wants and gimmes throughout the holiday season, I knew it was time something changed for us.
We were losing out on the true meaning of the holiday.

First, we decided to set a limit on the number of gifts each of the kids would get.  (we chose four: something they want/need/wear/read)
And then, beyond that, we decided to be purposeful in teaching them that it was far more important to give then to get and WHY that should be our hearts desire.

So, when BlogFrog introduced me to Operation Christmas Child put on by Samaritans Purse, I was so excited to get involved, and I knew that this needed to become our new holiday tradition.

I've always wanted to raise my kids to be mission minded, and I felt this was the perfect place to start.
Here's how my best friends daughter explained it to my kids.
{Then see below for how it actually works!}

Okay, now here's how it really works according to the Samaritans Purse website

Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child.  Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.

Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop it off at the
collection center nearest you during our collection week, November 12-19, 2012.

For locations and hours of collection visit our Drop-Off Locations page where you can find the nearest place to take your shoe box by entering your ZIP Code or you can call 1-800-353-5949.

You can also send your shoe box gift to:
Samaritan’s Purse
Operation Christmas Child

801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607
Now, take just another minute to meet Ralph and watch and see how lives are changed with what seems like a simple box to us

I pray that this year, Christmas is different for your family as well.  And that your heart would be prompted to indulge in the greatest gift of all, giving to others the gift of WHO Christmas is really all about.

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
and influencer marketing platform have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built.  Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of . The opinions and text are all mine.

© 2012 "Le Musings of Moi"
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