I am so excited about this! I first heard about Operation Christmas Child last year through a Veggietales video. Of course I didn’t find out about it until the after the deadline to drop off boxes. This year I won’t miss it! I think it is so important to teach J a heart of giving. That takes putting it into practice.
So this year we will be organizing some shoeboxes full of goodies for little boys and girls around the world. I plan to do something similar to what Amanda described here on Impress Your Kids (a WONDERFUL site by the way!!)
Since J is so young, I first plan to show him this video: Veggie Tales Operation Christmas Child story. I originally saw this on the St. Nicholas Veggietales video.
We’ll talk about the act of giving, make a list of fun things to give other little boys and girls and GO SHOPPING! I’ll be sure to share how everything goes once we’ve packed our boxes, but I wanted to get this info out in case others would like to join us! The week to drop off boxes is November 15-22, 2010. Don’t miss out like I did last year! If you go to Operation Christmas Child you will find all the info you need, including where the drop off locations are for your area. This is something everyone in the family can get involved in!
ETA: I wanted to mention that they even give you the opportunity to track your box. You can a barcode online to attach to your box to determine it’s final location. This is a great way to incorporate a little geography and culture to the project! This page tells more about their tracking process.
To add to the links for you to check out, please take time to listen to this song, Give This Christmas Away. It will touch your heart and inspire you to find all sorts of ways to give this year.