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Shoebox Packing Parties

Over a week period, Anna and Mary organized shoebox packing parties, inviting different family members. Even the adults enjoyed being a part of the process.

The girls have a heart to minister–whether to kids at the Bible club or in ways like the shoeboxes. They poured so many hours into shopping, planning, and then the final put-it-all-together sessions. 

The process was set up like an assembly line, and then each group received info on how to do it. Usually, it was one of each item but sometimes two. Plus, if you packed a girl box, it needed a hairbrush and a girl-themed water bottle (with hair ties!) versus a boy who received a comb and boy-themed water bottle.

It’s exciting to join others all over sharing love to these sweet kids. We love Samaritan’s Purse doing what they do In Jesus’ Name!

We spent some family time putting the boxes together.
Calia was beyond excited to pack the boxes!

Now onto the delivery!

“And the Lord make you to increase and abound in
love one toward another, and toward all men,
even as we do toward you.”
1 Thessalonians 3:12

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week!

If you’ve been following our blog for the past few months, you’ve read about Operation Christmas Child.

We wanted to share with you that this week through next Monday, the 19th, is the time frame you have to drop off your shoeboxes! Samaritan’s Purse has a list of drop off location points on their site.

Perhaps you’ve thought about packing shoeboxes to help a child in need but haven’t done it yet. It’s not too late! 🙂 This is a tangible way to share what God has blessed us with to those in need.

If you need more information, please visit Operation Christmas Child’s website. We’ll be sure to post more pictures of our shoebox packing parties! They are still in progress!

“But my God shall supply all your need according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19

Operation Christmas Child Breakfast Fundraiser

Anna and Mary along with Abby, Betsy, and Tina, hosted their annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox fundraiser breakfast a week ago Saturday. It’s complex to figure out schedules and when all the family might be available, but Anna did.

The anticipated morning dawned, beautiful and crisp, the first day of autumn. Inside, the kitchen bustled with activity, and if you hadn’t known better, you might have thought it really was Christmas morning.

The carefully-planned menu consisted of homemade cinnamon rolls (Mary got up early to make them!), breakfast casserole, bananas, orange juice, and coffee.

After breakfast, Abby read a story about a girl who was directly impacted from the simple yet powerful gift of an OCC shoebox. Mary went through a sample box they compiled to show everyone what goes into one of our boxes. She also told about The Greatest Journey and how these sweet children hear about Jesus through a shoebox. Bethany shared a testimony as well. Questions from the family filtered in too and were answered. Then, the time for the fundraiser came, and Tina walked around with a box.

The Lord provided again for this year’s boxes! We are so grateful for the generosity of the family.

I love to see Anna and Mary’s hearts for the shoebox project, and they put a lot of time and effort into buying items on sale throughout the year. This makes it feasible to compile a large number.

Maybe you’ve been thinking of doing shoeboxes. I encourage you not to procrastinate! National Collection week is only about 6 weeks away! For more information about the shoeboxes, see this link.

Happy 1st day of October!


PS: To see previous posts on OCC, and to gain some ideas on what to pack, see these:

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, More than a Gift
Operation Christmas Child: A Chance to Share Jesus’ Love

Preparations the day before. Mary gets out Christmas decorations just for this purpose!

Abby practicing

This girl makes amazing cinnamon rolls.

The OCC fundraiser breakfast committee

Mom and Calia


A demonstration of the “glasses”
in one of the boxes!

Bethany sharing

Calia was very interested.

Tina made the rounds with her box for donations.

“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother
have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion
from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither
in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:17-18

Back to School Shopping Time for OCC

This is the perfect time to purchase supplies for your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes because it’s back to school! There are many practical items you can buy for the boxes.

Anna and Mary took Abby and Bethany to WalMart and stocked up. So if you’ve been thinking about OCC, now is your opportunity to get a head start!


“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, More Than a Gift

Y’all! It’s almost time to deliver your Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes to your closest drop-off location. Collection week is November 13th-20th.

There would be no OCC without people like you, who are willing to invest in children. This may be the only time in their young lives to experience the blessing of such a special gift. This may also be the first time they hear the good news of Jesus.

Imagine. A young boy prays for someone to give him tools, and then shoeboxes arrive, and his shoebox has tools! These things happen all the time with OCC. God answers prayers. And He wants to use you as His messenger.

As you shop, as you pack, pray. Pray for the child receiving your gift. Pray the Lord will use it in the exact way that’s needed. And know that, according to 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” I find that very exciting!

Last week, Anna and Mary set up a shoebox assembly line. After many months of purchasing items, preparing them, and all that goes into it, the time had arrived to compile.

It was quite an awesome machine going on! Abby, Betsy, and Tina packed, while Mary did the final check-through and labeling, and Anna oversaw it all. Family dropped in to see the progress, and even Drew and Melanie packed. Christopher’s family was on a trip, but their littles will help with the final boxes soon.

Your enthusiasm and personal stories on our last blog post for OCC was simply contagious. For those who haven’t packed a shoebox or are procrastinating, please jump in. It’s not too late. And you will impact someone’s life in another country.


Mary preparing

Praying as they began

Love all that cheerful color

Tina explaining to Jesse the journey of the boxes

Putting a washcloth into the water bottle. Anna and Mary are very creative!

Melanie stopped in

And Grandma!

These will bring smiles to many children.

Break + snack time!

Happy times!

“A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the
widows, is God in his holy habitation.”
Psalm 68:5

Operation Christmas Child is Right Around the Corner

I love seeing the items grow in our basement for Operation Christmas Child. Okay, well, they don’t just grow by themselves, I should say they’re purchased! Anna and Mary diligently work at finding great deals throughout the year. 

The National Collection Week is in just one month, so if you’ve been thinking about participating, please don’t delay!

Anna, Mary, Anna Marie, and most of the nieces and nephews went shopping at back to school time in August. This was the perfect opportunity to get practical supplies for the boxes.

Currently, Anna and Mary are spending individual one-on-one time with the littles and letting them come over and help with shoebox projects. It’s adorable to see!

Two things to note when purchasing items: toothpaste and candy (crying face here!) are no longer allowed due to customs’ regulations. I know the Lord will give creativity when it comes to replacing those two items, as those both were favorites in our boxes.

So, we’d love to hear, how many of our readers are doing OCC? Please post below!


There’s a lot of action to process here!

Awesome selfie!

Sweet Anna Marie and Daniel and Lydia


The girls planned for a snack time in the parking lot of Goldfish afterward. Smart move.

Sweet sisters

Lydia stacked erasers in a box.

I wish you could have heard her little sweet voice. Totally melt-worthy!

Anna, Mary, and Lydia Maxwell

Counting stuffed animals

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep
himself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27