PACKING A SHOEBOX

At breakfast this morning, Levi told me he was really sad. When I asked why, he said that he did not get to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. His Mom took care of it for the family in the interest of time., and filled several boxes.  But, Levi wanted to do one himself. “I know what to do. You buy things the little boys would like and then you pack them nice and neat in the box and you fill out the paper and the church sends it on an airplane and the children all get new things! I do it every year.”
So, I told him that I would help him do one and we would get it to his church before time to send it off. He immediately went and got pen and paper to make his list. Handing it to me, he said, “Go to WM or Target and get these things. Be sure to get the right size. I can’t go with you, but I think you can do it!    Yes, Little Man, I think I can. Thank you for having a loving, sharing heart.
You, know, the way our little ones learn to be people who care about others and do for others is to be taught.  They may see us doing things for others and slowly understand what we are doing.  My own boys went with me to deliver Meals on Wheels for several years when they were small.  They enjoyed it and learned about the elderly and unfortunate in our community.  I also took my boys to the nursing home to visit quite often.  They learned to not be afraid of someone who is aged, but just to give them an chance to talk to someone..  They learned that whatever name they were called by to just act like that was right.
Find ways for your child to give back to others…share with them the needs in our community…and teach them that we are mandated by God to help the poor and needy.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Operation Christmas Child is a non denominational effort to bring Christmas joy to children all over they world.  The boxes we pack go out to those in over 100 countries.
  Samaritan’s Purse also provides Crisis Response, Food and Water, medicines, and shelter.
The staff at Operation Christmas Child advise that these are the items most needed in the boxes…SCHOOL SUPPLIES… pencils, papers, crayons, coloring books, tape,   TOYS…( if it require batteries, send extra taped to toy)…MAKE YOUR OWN CRAFT KITS…       PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS items…toothbrush, soap, washcloth..no toothpaste or any liquid…       .CLOTHING ACCESSORIES..socks, underwear, shoe strings, flip flops, hair bows, elastics.  ALL NEW ITEMS…NO USED!
NO CANDY.  The least chosen group of children is boy…9-14, fyi.
I hope you get the chance to participate in this global project.  Be a part of sharing Christmas around the world. This is collect week, so hurry if you would like to participate.  I think almost all the Baptist Churches in town  take part, I don’t know about other denominations, but feel certain they do.  You are welcome to drop your box by any church office.  My church is Southside Baptist on Cottonwood Rd….signs lead to the office.  You are also asked to make a $9.00 donation to cover shipping.
For more info…www.samaritan’s purse.com………..Pinterest has many great ideas to share.
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