Operation Christmas is honestly one of my favorite all time activities during the year.
Please go here and watch this video: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/video/?bctid=260796487001 . I promise you will not watch it and not want to help.
Operation Christmas Child is a program where you collect, package and send out filled shoe boxes for less fortunate boys and girls across the world.
We started by getting on-line and showing the kids the Samaritans Purse Website. I think seeing some children helped them visualize what we were doing. We talked about how some children don't have any toys, very little food, almost no hygiene products. We also talked about how some children don't even have mothers or fathers, and that we would be spending time making them a present to open on Christmas morning.
You can see how we did this last year here. Last year my older boys were really into it. This year, Ava really got it. This child has been blessed with a heart for service. Four boxes were not enough for her. She wants all the children in the world to wake up to at least one Christmas present.
This is a family activity that always puts my heart into the right place before the holidays arrive. It is so tempting to over-do...but making Operation Christmas boxes makes all of us feel that giving is so much more fun than receiving :)
I'm linking up to Heather's Life-Made-Lovely Monday. There is nothing lovelier than helping others...:)
Have a great Monday!!