Yesterday, Grace and I went shopping at Target and Dollar Tree. Now, those of you who know me or follow me on twitter or Instagram will know that me shopping, especially at Target, is not a rare occasion. But, yesterday, the shopping wasn’t for me.
It was for Operation Christmas Child, part of Samaritan’s Purse, and a little girl who we imagined to be eleven years old, just like my Grace, who lives somewhere else in this world. And we Christmas shopped for her.
It was an amazing experience.
We stood there, side by side, and looked at items – brushes, combs, barrettes, toys, crayons, books, flashlights, candy – and imagined this girl, this girl who we will never see but is already impressed upon our hearts – opening this shoebox filled with the treasures that we picked out on a mild November day in Minnesota.
It was an overwhelming experience of joy and giving and hope and gratitude.
We squished and pushed and rearranged and repackaged and bent and crammed all of those items into a much too small shoebox. And as I stood in my kitchen putting in those headbands, socks, candy, toys, color crayons, bags, and more my eyes filled with tears. This cost me $30. That is it. Thirty dollars that I would spend on so many other things without blinking an eye. Thirty dollars that to me, probably won’t make a difference in my life, but for this girl in our hearts – these boxes are life changing.
They often get nothing. These children. All over the world.
And that is why, today, I am beyond proud to share our experience about packing our Operation Christmas Child box. These boxes matter. They are intentional. They are about giving back. And, my friends, you will be blessed in return. My eyes were so full of tears as I explained to my kids just why she’ll be excited about this box wrapped in last years roll of Christmas paper will matter. I told them that these are the only presents she will receive and that these items will be treasured.
I put in a picture that Caleb drew her. And a sweet note that said Merry Christmas with a smile.
And tears fell down my cheeks.
This wasn’t about me. This was about her. And bringing a bit of joy to someone else’s life. Life isn’t just about getting – it’s about learning to bless. And, I’m so grateful to be able to share this experience with my children and teaching them the joy in giving to others.
This week is the annual collection week for Operation Christmas Child. I am so blessed to be able to share our opportunity with you and am thankful for Blogfrog for facilitating this mass media blitz.
You can make a difference. One shoebox at a time.
Please join Operation Christmas Child this year.
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And finally – watch this video about 100millionth shoebox given. And try to not cry.
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