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Packing for Operation Christmas Child

My Operation Christmas Child packing process! | The Kardia Blog Happy Friday! :) Last week I shared about Operation Christmas Child and how I'm participating in the #OCCBlogShare. Today I'm super excited to be able to show you what I packed in my shoebox gift :)

This year, I chose to pack a box for a boy in the 10-14 age range because that age group receives the least amount of boxes. If, for whatever reason, they don’t have boxes for them, they usually are given either Boy 5-9 or Girl boxes.  That breaks my heart. An older boy deserves to receive gifts that they can use and cherish just as much as younger children do. Many people decide to pack for a younger child because they're easier to choose gifts for, and they may have children around that age. Honestly, packing for an older boy is just as much fun! :)

My Operation Christmas Child packing process! | The Kardia Blog

Here's what I included:

Operation Christmas Child box for a BOY 10-14:

  • Soccer ball
    • I decided to start with a fun item that would be the central gift of the box. Boys LOVE balls, especially soccer balls. I want him to open the box and find a gift that he can immediately enjoy and have fun with.
  • Pump for the soccer ball
    • To get the ball to fit in the box, I had to deflate it, so I included a pump so he can actually use the ball.
  • Hand powered flashlight
    • This is a useful gift that is still really cool. Instead of getting a regular old flashlight and sending over some batteries, I bought him a hand powered one. It's super bright and all it needs is a few cranks and it's good to go! It even comes with a carabiner clip, so he can have it with him everywhere he goes.
  • Men's travel cosmetic kit
    • This travel sized kit include a toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, deodorant, mouthwash, and a plastic reusable pouch. I took out the shaving cream because it was in a can that might explode, and I bought an extra tube of toothpaste because the small tube won't last very long.
  • Bar of soap
  • School pouch
  • Scissors
  • Notebook
  • Box of pens
  • Packet of pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Two packs of gum

I packed all of this into a clear, plastic bin with latching handles. A plastic bin is so useful, and he can use for other things once he's taken his gifts out of it!

If you want to see what I packed and how I packed it, check out my packing process in the video below! Just hit play! :)

(Note: I added the pencils and gum after I made the video)

Packing a box was so much fun, and I can't wait to do it again next year! I hope to volunteer in the distribution center again too, just like I did in high school. I love seeing all the shoeboxes getting ready to be shipped off to the welcoming arms of boys and girls. If you packed a box this year, I encourage you to link up with Haley of A Beautiful Exchange and join in on the #OCCBlogShare fun!

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What gender/age group do you like to pack for? Have you ever volunteered at the distribution center?

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P.S. Today is me and Caleb's 3 year dating anniversary!! :D Take a look at some of our couple's photos a friend of mine took!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child | The Kardia Blog

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?

Pack a virtual box for Operation Christmas Child! | The Kardia Blog

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.
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Have you ever participated in Operation Christmas Child before?

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P.S. Have you ever heard of Project Impact?