LIFESTYLES: A Shoebox Can Make a Big Difference For Both You and the Recipient

By D. Lanier Shook                                          November 13, 2013

Most of us have heard about Operation Christmas Child and the shoeboxes they provide children around the world. For those who haven’t here’s the Reader’s Digest version. Samaritan’s Purse, the Boone based relief group, encourages folks to pack shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items so they can send them to children around the world.

Its a really easy — and very fulfilling — way to celebrate the Season. You just grab a shoebox and fill with wonderful things children enjoy. For years my family has enjoyed participating and this year my sister is busy filling one with items she collected throughout the year just for this box. Somewhere a child will be very happy.

Its a affordable way to show your children how to care for others. If this sounds like a good idea you’ve still got time — barely — to get involved. Next week is the collection week for the shoeboxes.

You’ll want to click here to visit the Samaritan’s Purse website for this year’s campaign. That’s where you’ll find out what to pack and what not to pack. You’ll find lots of helpful hints to put them together, along with heart warming stories about the past recipients. This page is the place to go for information about where to drop off the shoeboxes and there’s even a link so you can build one online without even having to go to a store.

If you’re a fan of Duck Dynasty you’ll want to click here to pack a shoebox with Uncle Si Robertson. If you’re a fan of VeggieTales you can click here to pack a shoebox with the entire cast of the cartoon. Either way, this is an incredible way to brighten a child’s holiday and brighten your own. Even if you don’t participate this year consider planning on it next year.

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