Monday, November 16, 2009

Operation Christmas Child


This year I wanted my family to do something for children in need...my Mother has been taking part in Operation Christmas Child at her church for the past couple of years...I checked the project out and it was just what I was looking and praying for. The project is part of Samaritan's Purse...founder is Franklin Graham. This is what you do...get a shoe box...pick the sex and age of your child...pray for your child...go shopping and buy items that you feel they would need and also FUN items (remember this is a child). My daughter Haley and I went shopping for our four children and came home with more stuff than we could fit into the boxes! I can say this was by far the best shopping day that I have ever had. We filled our boxes...sent a photo Christmas card of our family with a note to the child...and off they went!!! Next year we plan on doing this again...this time we will be filling up two boxes each. Please check this project out if you are looking for a way to help children hear the word of God...Merry Christmas!


This box is for a girl...age 8-10...here is a list of the items:
Pair of jeans,Hannah Montana boxers, underwear 10 pack, lip gloss, hairbrush,candy,
pens, pencils, toothpaste, toothbrushes, notebook, make-up bag, stickers, bookmark, soap, beanie babies and t-shirt.



This box is for a girl...age 13-14...here is a list of the items:
Dress, boxers, bra, underwear 10 pack, notebook, hairbrush, lip gloss, make-up bag, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, stickers, candy, pens, pencils, hair clips and beanie babies.




This box is for a girl...age 2-4...here is a list of the items:
Pink pants and a matching blouse, pink shorts, denim shorts, three pairs of Disney socks, one pair of Hello Kitty socks, one pair of Santa socks, baby doll, beanie babies, mickey soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Belle bracelet, Disney necklace, stickers, candy and hair clips.



This box is for a boy..age 5-9...here is a list of the items:
A pair of shorts, t-shirt, frisbee, velcro catch game, slinky, harmonica, math cards, pencils, pens, stickers, brush, mirror, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, bath towel, crayons, coloring book and bubble gum.



This is an awesome way to start off the Christmas season...please spread the word about this amazing project!!!!

16 comments:

Cara said...

So fun! We sponsored a family through our church last year and the girls and I had so much fun shopping for them!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Linda~~

What big hearts you and your girl's (and mom) have!! The boxes are SO filled with great things. This is a wonderful program and it looks like fun. Bless you all!

xoxo
Janie

Natasha said...

What a wonderful idea. This is a great way to teach children about the true spirit of Christmas. I must see if this is happening here in Australia.
Best wishes, Natasha.

Jane said...

This is a fabulous idea. It's a great reminder for us to help out where we can. Thanks for making me aware of this project.
Jane

Southern Belle said...

I just found your blog and am so glad I did. I too enjoy participating in Operation Christmas Child, its a wonderful ministry.

BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog and for answering my question.
~Christine

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Linda, This is such a worthwhile project. I know we did this for several years. I'm sure the children look forward to this so so much. Now we sponsor children for Christian camp and after shcool care. It's feels so good to help the kids!
Blessings, Debra

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Linda~
This is the first time I have heard of Operation Christmas Child, but it sounds wonderful! :) I love what you put together for the children! They will be so blessed by it, and hopefully, through it, will know just how much God loves them! :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Did you get those granite countertops in?? I want to see them when you are done.

What a wonderful project this is with the shoeboxes, I've done that before too. Thanks for stopping by to see me!

Diane said...

I sure think that is a wonderful way to start the Christmas season the Art of Giving I Love it!
Hugs, Diane

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi Linda!
I feel like I've just been to the beach!!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

Stephanie said...

My daughters Brownie troop just did that. It is such a great idea and the kids really enjoy giving.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I always appreciate it!
Stephanie

janna said...

This is such a good idea. You guys really packed a lot in such small boxes!

Susan S. said...

HOW COOL! I love to participate in programs like that. In fact, I get more joy shopping for those items, than anything else. I JUST heard about Samaritans Purse a few weeks ago at a Christian Women brunch. Two college aged girls gave a testimony of their recent trip to Africa.
PS: Enjoyed your blog and added myself as a follower! Happy Holidays!

Fields of Linen & White said...

Do you have a link for this, so I can sign up.
I don't know anything about it.
thanks, Cheryl

Renee said...

We have participated with Operation Christmas Child for the past few years and I have to confess...it is REALLY hard for me to figure out what to include in the box. I thank you so much for sharing your great ideas. I am going to write them down for next time so that I am not pulling my hair out in the aisles at Wal-mart.

Lynda @ SportsMadGirl said...

I have participated with Operation Christmas Child for several years now. It brings me so much joy to shop for this. Thank You for helping to spread the word about Operation Christmas Child.

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