When the calendar on our refrigerator is turned to November it signals a time for our family to take stock in all that we are thankful for in our lives; the roof over our heads, food on the table, our health and most importantly, each other.
Our family has always placed importance on being kind, helping others and giving to those in need in any way we can. I’m so proud to say that our two kids got this concept from a very early age. They have always been kind and helpful to their fellow classmates, friends and to those they would never meet face to face. This time of year also marked the “Giving Tree” at school, where paper ornaments would have a special list of wishes from families less fortunate, complete with the recipents age and whether they were a boy or a girl. Each grade was assigned a certain color ornament and sent home with the students. I would always find important notes left on the fridge, written in child script reminding me to buy socks, mittens, coats, hats and any toys listed. Our kids expected each item to be fulfilled. No exceptions.
In fact, just last Christmas as my oldest and I were grabbing last minute gifts at a department store, we came across such a tree. Most of the ornaments were gone, the only few that remained were for older teens. My daughter looked at me and said “Mom! We have to make someone’s Christmas wish come true!” I nodded in agreement, wishing I could pluck each one, but we decided on one girl and one boy. Simple gifts. Needed gifts. One wanted a wallet, the other a set of sheets. We purchased the gifts and brought them to Customer Service where they were wrapped in festive holiday paper and bows.
This year, I am so happy to participate in a wonderful program through Samaritan’s Purse called Operation Christmas Child.
We once again chose to build two boxes: a girl box and boy box.
We also decided to purchase plastic shoe boxes so that each child would be able to keep and use the box. We followed the Build-a-Box list and made sure to include as many things on the wish list as possible; soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, notebook, pens, pencils, school supplies, small toys, socks, lollipops and a board book. Simple things that will bring joy to a child.
I hope you will join me in this wonderful program and create a box or two with your family.
There is no greater gift than that of giving.
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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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.