What if you could whisper a message in the ear of a child in another country?
What if you could send that boy or girl a box filled with gifts especially for them?
What would you say to them?
What would you send?
This is the challenge I was given for Operation Christmas Child this year.
Our family has been packing shoe boxes for at least 10 years now. Most of our boxes have been packed for boys the same age as ours (now 15 and 12).
This year is going to be different.
I’m approaching my boxes with intentionality.
I want to send a message to each recipient.
I’m a savvy shopper and I pick up items throughout the year for our boxes as I come across things in the clearance section at Wal-Mart, at the Dollar Tree, and even at the local Harris Teeter.
A few months back a scored a sizeable amount of craft supplies on clearance at the grocery store. Color Wonder, Model Magic, coloring books (not pictured), and some other fun things.
I knew one of my shoe boxes needed to be for a budding artist.
I am trusting and praying that God will put that box in the hands of a child that needs it.
We’re going to include a colorful note that says:
You are creative! You are special! You are talented! You are loved by a family in North Carolina, USA!
I have a heart for reaching teen girls and also wanted to do a box for a young woman who needs to hear some encouragement.
God reminded me that I already had just what I needed.
Some of you may have seen my post on The Sonshine Box. Nothing is more encouraging than the sunshine – and the true Sonshine!
I pulled out my bag filled with yellow goodies and picked out some items with a young teen girl in mind. Please note: Candy may no longer be sent in shoeboxes.
I’ve created a new Sonshine printable just for the occasion and am including the free printable for you to use if you’d like.
Click to download the free PDF. occ sonshine cards
On the front she’ll see: May this box of Sonshine fill you with great joy and happiness!
On the back, I’ll write: You are beautiful! You are loved! You are prayed for by a family in North Carolina, USA!
My challenge to you this fall is:
- If your church does not already collect boxes for Operation Christmas Child jump in and coordinate the effort.
- Pack your box intentionally this year. Think about the message you want to send. Boxes are packed for either a boy or a girl ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
- Pray for these boxes! Pray that they will be placed in the perfect hands. That God will smooth their transport and that many will come to know Christ through this program.
I’ll be looking for boxes packed with a message as I serve for the first time this year at the OCC Charlotte Processing Center. Maybe I’ll see your box!
Get packin’! Boxes are collected the 3rd week of November. For more details visit the OCC website.
Your turn to share: What message will you send in your Operation Christmas Child box this year?
You may also want to read:
My Message in a Box
Serving in the OCC Processing Center – Part 1
Serving in the OCC Processing Center – Part 2
How to Pack a Better Shoebox
What It’s Like to Give a Child a Shoebox
How to Host an Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
How Your Women’s Ministry Can Get Involved with Operation Christmas Child