One Shoe Box Makes a Difference | Operation Christmas Child

Posted November 5, 2012 by Wendy Wright in Faith

Praying over an Operation Christmas Child shoe box

Through tear filled eyes I silently watched child after child who had absolutely nothing receive their first shoe box from Operation Christmas Child. Their smile and elation spoke beyond the language barrier.

In that moment my heart just knew.

Even though it was 12 years ago I first was introduced to what has become a yearly tradition, I still cannot watch any of the videos without crying.

It would be a dream of mine to go and hand out the boxes to the children personally, although I am absolutely certain I would cry tears of joy. All you have to do is watch one video and you can see exactly what I am talking about. The passion only gets worse when you become a mother. At least it did for me.

Packing a box for a girl

Our family collects items all year long. We have a dedicated space in our closet that is for Operation Christmas Child. When we do back to school shopping we always pick up extra items so our resources can go further and bless as many children as possible.

Before we pack our shoe boxes, we take time to pray over them. We pray for the child who will receive it and for the items that are placed inside will be the best fit for that child. We never know who the child is, but God does. That’s all that matters.

Pencil collection for shoe box packing

My boys have helped assemble their own shoe box every single Christmas. They love to give and it is our belief that packing the shoe boxes for a child we do not know has helped nurture the compassion that seems to come so easily to them.

When our boxes are complete, there are always leftover supplies we donate to groups still assembling the boxes. Right now there are three bags full ready to go to a Christian school to help them this year.

Finished shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child

It is amazing that one simple shoe box shares so very much for a child who has nothing.

Now that our Operation Christmas Shoe Boxes are packed, the holidays can finally begin.

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

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