For the past few years, my mom and I have packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a program of Samaritan's Purse.
The shoeboxes are packed with toys, personal care items, school supplies and more by people across the United States and in other countries. Each year, the boxes are delivered to children in need across the world.
National Collection Week began on Monday and there is still time to pack a shoebox and deliver it to a collection site in your area.
The wonderful thing about Operation Christmas Child is the children receiving the shoeboxes not only get the contents of each box, but they also receive reading materials that spread God's word.
To learn more about the program, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.
When we were packing our boxes Sunday night, we realized we had bought more than what would fit in our planned two boxes. As fate would have it, we had enough items to pack another shoebox! Our kitten, Jasper, inspected each item and was such a good helper (even though he tried to destroy some wrapping paper).
Our shoebox packing journey ended with dropping off our boxes on Monday at one of our local churches. Some volunteers at the church joined hands with us and said a special prayer over our boxes to bless the children who will receive them. It was such a special moment and put the program into perspective.
Thank you, Operation Christmas Child, for all you do for children each year and for spreading a beautiful message.