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I’m so excited that this year we decided to participate as a family in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. This was our first year doing something like this.
At the end of last year, James and I discussed wanting to focus on kindness. While James and I are kind to each other and the kids, James is not known for his kindness outside of the family. While I am kind to those I know, like friends and family, I am not as kind as I would like to be nor am I as kind as I want my kids to be. I’m not rude or mean, I just know I could improve and teach my children to be better.
Anyway, throughout the year we have discussed ways to be kind, and one way that came up was doing these shoeboxes when the season rolled around. We hadn’t decided if we would do shoeboxes for children or find an angel tree to participate in.
About two weeks ago, we were driving to the gym and I brought up the boxes. I suggested that we start looking for a place to pick up the boxes later that week. James agreed. When we walked in to the gym, you can imagine our surprise at seeing a display table set up with boxes, flyers, directions, and more. It was so cool. We picked up two of everything on our way out. And a week later picked up two more for my mom to help with.
Shopping for the boxes was a lot of fun. I thought the girls would not understand or get upset when they could not have the toys, but I was wrong. They were very excited to pick out toys and tell me why we should get a certain toy. Cakey even told me stories about the kids who would get the toys. In case you are wondering, the girls who get the toys are named “Sammie-Doodles2” and they LOVE “My Little Pony” Power Ponies. It’s their favorite. The boys are named “boys” and they love dinosaurs because Cakey and Doodles love dinosaurs. Picking out the toys was not the hard part, the hard part was getting the girls to pick out toys that would fix in a shoebox!
Here’s what we put in our shoeboxes.
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- 6 bars of soap
- 4 toothbrushes
- 1 tube of toothpaste
- 1 pack of 6 socks
- 1 box of Yoobi pencils and a Yoobi pencil sharpener
- 1 box of Yoobi crayons and a pad of paper
I like the Yoobi brand at Target because each item you buy they donate an item to a school in need.
Toys one of the following:
- My Little Pony Power Ponies
- Care Bear Bear
- Jurassic World Hero Mashers
- Super Hero Mashers Thor
- Plus some candy and pictures drawn by the girls.
When we dropped our boxes off on Wednesday night I was able to see some of the other boxes which gave me ideas for next year. James and I decided to start shopping for the boxes in January. I’m hoping to double up our boxes and do 8 total.
Some of the ideas I had for next year’s boxes were clothes like shirts, socks, maybe tights/leggings/pants, school supplies which I’ll pick up in July/August, and toiletries exactly as above but with more toothpaste. I think if I pick up one toy every other month or so along with picking up the other supplies when they are on sale, we’ll be able to do more boxes.
Oh and I have got to brag on my husband for a minute the other day, James volunteered to pick up a couple of boxes of stuffing for some food baskets at work. I know this might not sound big but for him to do this on his own without me encouraging him to is HUGE! He also emailed me a list of the charities we have donated time or money to and said that he wanted to participate either financially or time wise to two more before the year is out! I’m so proud of him taking the lead and showing kindness on others.
Does your family do Christmas boxes? What do you put in yours?
Have a blessed day!
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