Do you think she would like a toy? And some crayons? – JD, 4
JD and I spent part of yesterday wrapping a shoebox, filling it with toys, securing it shut with a rubber band and then dropping it off at our local shoe shop. Why? So that it can be shipped off to a child in need in time for Christmas.
Operation Christmas Child is the largest children’s Christmas project in the world, run by the Samaritan’s Purse charity, who have been sending gift-filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world since 1990.
We read about it on Mummy…Mummy…Mum!’s blog and got to work, digging a shoebox out from under the stairs and buying the gifts (chosen by JD) from town for just a few pounds. We wrapped, decorated and filled it together and JD enjoyed handing it over at our drop-off point.
Putting the box together with JD was a great experience. It helped him to understand that there are less fortunate children in the world without it being too upsetting, and he really seemed to appreciate the concept of charity.
I know it’s only a small contribution to a huge global problem, but I hope it makes a child’s day a little brighter. We’ll definitely be doing it again next year.
(Note: 18th Nov was the deadline for getting boxes in for this year, but there’s always next year!)