Filling an Operation Christmas Child shoebox is a great activity for families to take part in, with everyone having a part to play.
GIVE THANKS: Discuss with your children what it might be like to never have a toothbrush, a bar of soap, or even a toy of their own. Thank God for the many ways He has blessed your family.
SET A SHOEBOX GOAL: Decide how many shoeboxes you want to fill. Will the gifts follow a theme? What special things to you want to put in your boxes? Your kids may want to help pay for the gifts from their pocket money.
GO SHOPPING: Go shopping as a family to pick out the gifts you want to put in your shoebox. Let your kids choose the age and gender they want to buy for. Watch ‘How to pack a shoebox with Bob & Larry’ on our videos page.
PERSONALISE IT: Write a note and include a photo of your family in your shoebox. Have your kids include an ‘All About Me’ colouring page from our website.
VISIT THE POST OFFICE: Teach your kids about the £3 donation for shipping costs. Find out how much it would cost you to send a shoebox to another country. Watch the ‘Why £3’ film on our videos page.
CRAFTS: Find Operation Christmas Child on Pinterest at pinterest.com/occuk. Operation Christmas Child boards are filled with crafts that make great shoebox items for boys and girls and are fun to do as a family.
LEARN: Pay your £3 shipping donation online and discover the destination of your shoebox gift. You will receive an email in the new year revealing the country, and a link with more information about the work of OCC there.
Looking up information about the countries where shoeboxes are delivered is a great way to teach kids geography.
PRAY: Pray for the child that will receive your shoebox – that through this gift they may know that God loves them and that someone cares about them