I usually take JDaniel with me when I am gathering food items or gifts to give to charity. This year I rushed around and gathered things for the Operation Christmas Child Project while JDaniel was in school. It saved me a lot of time standing beside shelves while items to being looked over and gave me the opportunity to select items he might not have picked.
Every time I came home with a bag of items to put in the shoe box I had JDaniel inspect the items. The fact that he wanted to add most them to his Christmas list filled me with hope that the little boy that receives our box will be happy with its contents.
When I had gathered everything we were going to give, we placed them in shoe box that once held my husband’s sneakers. It didn’t seem fair to give a child a box that once held my tiny shoes. (I only wear a 5/2 sized shoe.)
Each item had to be reinspected and placed into the box in just the right place. JDaniel thought the practical stuff should go on the bottom. He felt a child should get to see the good stuff first. I thought that was a great idea. We ended up with most of the toys and candy on the top.
What did we put in the box? There were toys, a flashlight, a notebook with pencil, a throw to snuggle under, candy, a tooth brush, a comb, a brush, coloring pages, crayons, and an inflatable globe.
When the box was filled, we took it to a church in the town right next to ours. Mauldin United Methodist Church was the closest drop of site to our house. What a pretty entrance they had to their office area.
The church secretary there happily lead us to the drop off area and told me that their church passed out 400 plastic boxes with presents last year and they hoped to donate the same amount this year. I am so glad our box will be surrounded by so many other boxes when it is picked up. JDaniel was thrilled to see all of the boxes that have been dropped off already! I am thrilled that he understands the importance of giving.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.