Happy Friday everyone! :) I don't know about you, but when the time changed last Sunday all I can think about now is how close we are to the holidays! Thanksgiving, Christmas, friends, family, food, giving, happiness, sparkle, smiles - it all makes me so happy! I can feel the joy in the air, and I just want to spread that joy and love to everyone. So, today I am really excited to share about something that I love to do to spread joy during the holiday season to those who may not otherwise experience it.
A few weeks back, Hayley from A Beautiful Exchange invited a bunch of bloggers to participate in an Operation Christmas Child linkup. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a charity project sponsored by Samaritan's Purse. Every year, thousands of people pack up a simple shoe box (or plastic box) and fill it with gifts that are gender and age appropriate. When packing your box, you can choose whether you'd like to send it to a girl or boy, and pick an age group (2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years old). Once you pack your box, you can drop it off at your nearest drop-off location and from there, the gifts are distributed to children that wouldn't have had the chance to receive a gift for Christmas!
But even if you don't have time to shop for and pack a box, you can still share God's love to these children! Operation Christmas Child has this neat opportunity to build a shoebox online! You can select items from a list of gifts and even add a personal letter and photo. Your "virtual" shoebox will then become a real shoebox, as Samaritan's Purse will pack it and ship it for you! How cool is that?
If this is your first time participating and you don't know where to start, Hayley has made a wonderful document with everything you need to know! Participating in OCC is an amazing experience. Caleb and I are super excited to go shopping for items to include in our box this weekend! Next Friday I'll be sharing what we included and show a little more of my packing process. I encourage you to join us using the hashtag #OCCBlogShare and linking up your packing process post next week!
Join us as we share God's love and change lives through the power of a simple gift.
Have you ever participated in Operation Christmas Child before?
P.S. Have you ever heard of Project Impact?