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Operation Christmas Child In Action

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week is right around the corner: November 18-25. To find a location near you, visit OCC’s site.

Buying gifts for a shoebox and then packing it is a great way to encourage your kids to share with others and truly understand the meaning that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. You can also include a letter and picture in your box. The shoebox will be a gift to treasure for a child who doesn’t have much. When the boxes are handed out, they include a little booklet called The Greatest Gift. The Gospel message is shared, and that’s exciting. Think about it. A Christmas gift with an eternal impact.

OCC box preparation is in gear around here. From rolling washcloths and securing them with hair ties (practical), to putting together the boxes, to starting the assembly line.

I’d love to hear if you’re involved with OCC!

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion
one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”
1 Peter 3:8

Operation Christmas Child Annual Fundraiser

My sisters and nieces hosted their annual Operation Christmas Child Breakfast Fundraiser this past Sunday evening. Yes, because of scheduling conflicts, breakfast for dinner seemed best, and it worked out so well.

Anna and Mary purchase items for shoeboxes throughout the year, especially when items are on sale. After Valentine’s Day and Easter, they stock up on cuddly stuffed animals. At back to school time, they buy crayons, rulers, notebooks, pencils, etc, in quantity.

If you’ve considered doing shoeboxes, please consider it this year. It’s about five weeks until the National Shoebox Collection week. Samaritan’s Purse shows love and compassion to those in need, doing what they do In Jesus’ Name.

We’re grateful to have a family who values children, and the OCC fundraiser is a time to give to others.

Learn more about Operation Christmas Child at their site.


Mid-afternoon, Abby, Betsy, and Tina came over to help Anna and Mary get ready. The girls all pitched in to transform the house into a Christmas whirlwind.

Setting the table
Breakfast casserole ready to bake
Making frosting
Decorating the table
The fan club, Arnold loved all the activity
Abby practicing for the program
Mary’s cinnamon rolls are delicious
The girls ate early so they could serve their guests.
Dad and Mom with Benji, Deborah, Axton, and Drew–love this!

Betsy shared about what they typically put in the shoeboxes.

Fellowship afterward
The OCC Breakfast Team

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
and the Father by him.”
Colossians 3:17

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