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Operation Christmas Child Processing Center Trip

Last month, it was on my heart to plan a trip to Denver to spend some time volunteering at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center. My friend and I consulted schedules, and the trip was on.

Walking into that processing center last Monday, made me so grateful to have the opportunity to volunteer there. Samaritan’s Purse boldly proclaims our Lord Jesus and salvation through Him. Twice during the day, they stopped for prayer.

For those who might not be familiar with how a center works, there are stations where about 5 people x 2 (so 10 total, but the same things happen on both sides) go through a box from start to finish. The first person, called the pre-inspector, checks for shipping money which might have been included. The next person, an inspector, sees if there are any inappropriate items, such as candy, toothpaste, razors, etc. If so, those are pulled, and if fillers are needed, they can add them to the box. Then, there’s a taper, who does simply that, securing the box together. If the box has a “track my box” label, someone scans it, and then packs it in the appropriate gender/age carton. Throughout the day, I enjoyed trying almost all the jobs.

The pre-inspector position
Our team for quite awhile
When this man joined our team, we couldn’t keep up with how fast he taped! I found out he’s volunteered for the past 12+ years and is VERY proficient at this job.
Grateful for the opportunity

It gave me so much joy to see the thoughtfulness in boxes. Homemade items, such as hats or scarves, little pill bottles with fishing line/hooks or jewelry, tools for the young men, clothes, etc. Sometimes people added personal touches with cards or letters (and pictures!).

Most of all, it’s a joy to think of the over 7 million children who will be blessed with gifts they wouldn’t have had, and ultimately, hear the Gospel.

I’d love to hear from our readers on who has volunteered this season and what you enjoyed the most.

Merry Christmas!


Sunday morning
Before I left Tuesday, I loved the opportunity to do a twin newborn photo session. Aren’t these little guys totally adorable?

“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

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Times

Happy Monday! I want to share some pictures of our shoebox packing parties. We loved our time working together. Some of the younger ones packed their boxes with such care. Ruthie was observed giving each little stuffed animal a kiss before placing it in her box. Adorable! Others gave much attention and detail to the items they put into their boxes. A number of the extended family came over in the evenings to help out.

I’m happy to be in the Denver area today volunteering with a friend at the OCC processing warehouse.


Ruthie and Liddy
Even Elizabeth could help
Daniel was the delivery guy–he “drove” the boxes over to where we stacked them.
Anna Marie and Mary
Calia LOVED to pack.
Christopher enjoyed working with the kids.
Anna and Lydia
Ruthie and Abby
Dad and Joshua
Axton enjoying being with everyone when he was having playtime with Grandma (which happened to be during a packing session)
John dropped over, and Lydia showed him how to pack a box
While I was working on my computer, I got some great company. Benji loves Ellie and me. 🙂
I’m so grateful for Anna and Mary’s dedication to these shoeboxes and all their hard work.
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“My little children, let us not love in word, neither
in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:18

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