“Seek joy in what you GIVE, not what you get!” I love this quote on Operation Christmas Child’s photograph! Anyone who knows me knows that I love nice “things” and that one of my gifts is that of giving back! I’d like to encourage you today to join in this journey through Operation Christmas Child.
What are five things you can do without this month so that you can give back a little more? For the month of November, I vow not to over indulge in clothing/accessories for myself, lattes from Starbucks, beauty products, fast food treats while on the run with chores/shopping, etc.———-and I’ll do without new home accessories that I always covet! I know that doing without each of these items on my list of “I can do without these things!” will not add value to my life but rather will help me by acquiring something more——–the joy of giving to a child.
I’ll use the savings to finish packing the shoeboxes that I have started for Operation Christmas Child. I’ll donate the change that adds up around the house from my husband’s pockets to sponsor shoe boxes that will be given to children. What will they receive in return? More than I could ever acquire from material desires.
Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is November 12-19, 2012: Locate a donation center near you! Then, begin to assemble one box or two or……….(Franklin Graham is trusting God to reach 9 million shoe box gift packed boxes! Wrap your mind around that number! Wow!)
Allow your children to give you input as to what to buy. Let them help place each item inside your shoe box. Pray for the child that will receive it. Make sure you checkout Samaritan’s Purse for more information on how to pack a shoebox. Don’t forget to include $7 to cover the shipping fees! Follow your box around the world with your child as you teach him/her about geography and social studies——lands far from us, people similar to us!
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.