My husband grew up living overseas living in some of the poorest regions of the world gave him an appreciation for other cultures. Now that we have children our oldest daughter is interested in learning about the rest of the world. Kaila is particularly interested in his stories and pictures from his time in Nigeria. The children running in the streets, the photos of market places unlike ours at almost 8 years old she shows a true care for the rest of the world. She loved the idea of making a box for Operation Christmas Child so that’s exactly what we did. We started out by printing the box label and getting our instructions. We then found a Drop Off Location locally which starts next week at a church near our home. We found 5 churches within our city collecting Operation Christmas Child Boxes. We then started gathering books, school supplies, and some odd and end toys. Kaila chose to make a box for another little girl. Inside the box he included a lot of things she said she would love including books. Books mean a lot to Kaila and sharing the love of reading was very important for her so our box will be perfect for a little girl who is between the age of 5 and 9 years old. Kaila also wrote her a card and sent her our address in case she is able to write back. Kaila also sent her a picture of herself so she’d see a photo of a friendly face from someone who is far away. Kaila told me she wonders about the little girl who will receive her box. She wonders about what her life is like and what her home and school is like. She hopes she also likes to read. I was thrilled to see we are able to follow the box we send and we will eagerly await any news. I found making a box like this is such a simple way for us to give back. I plan on making this a tradition and having each of my girls create boxes every year as they get older. Kaila hopes she will end up with a pen pal and a friend for life, and I wish that dream for her. I do like that I don’t have to worry about shipping the box myself. Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. Check out our video of us creating our Operation Christmas Child Box:
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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.