Operation Shoebox 2013

It’s that time of year…Operation Christmas Child!! Super exciting time in our home with our children. This is a humongous operation led by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son. Here is an expert from their website explaining who they are and what they do…
” Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.” (From Samaritans Purse website)
Over the last decade we have always filled a few boxes and dropped them off at our church. Then last year, I challenged the children to pool together their resources and fill 20 boxes. They were successful and immediately wanted a new challenge…so I said “Let’s do 100 boxes next year!” They were thrilled and over the last year worked hard to be prepared to pull off this challenge. There 2 biggest supporters were both sets of grandparents. Because of their commitment to the children to come alongside of them and help with the financial side of this project, they were successful. 100 boxes filled to the brim with toys and gifts and hygiene items to be given to children who have never received a gift before.  It’s hard to do justice in explaining how well the children worked and gave of themselves to provide each of these shoeboxes as a gift. We visited local businesses that we frequent and asked them to come alongside the children in sponsoring a box or donating gifts to be packed inside the boxes. We were amazed at the generosity that was shown. And then came the packing day! We organized everything by gender and category and began packing. It was quite an assembly line! As we packed, the children happily chatted about what next years goal would be. They decided to double it every year and by the 5th year, they all want to be on a plane to personally hand out the shoeboxes to the children. They are thinking Papua New Guinea. (for undisclosed reasons) 😉

I am humbled. To see our children so selflessy give so other children may receive. To see them so encouraged by the work they have done that they want to do more and give more. To hear their desires to be the one to hand a child a gift and watch their delight in receiving it. God is good. He is abundant. He is full of blessings.

Last year- 20 shoeboxes!
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This year- 100 shoeboxes!!!
100 shoeboxes!!!

This year packing…
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littlest helper

littlest helper

Packing boxes
Packing boxes
Organizing and assembling

Organizing and assembling

Delivering boxes to drop offIMG_2722

About dazzlingingrace

Hmm.. I love Jesus. I love my husband, Eric. I love my 8 beautiful children. I loved living in California. I love sunshine and the beach. Shopping at farmers market and the little stores downtown where I can bargin for the best deal. I love to sew and make things. I love spending time with girlfriends encouraging each other. Date nights with Eric are fabulous. I love ballroom dancing with him. The smell of my new little baby and the miracle of their existance. I love italian food- or just about all of Italy for that matter. I love art- paintings on my wall that I know personally who painted them.
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