Today while at Chick-fil-a, Hannah picked up an Operation Christmas Child box. We decided to fill one then decided to do two. If you have never heard of Operation Christmas Child, you can go to Samaritan's Purse and get details. The programs was started by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. This organization collects shoe boxes filled with items and gifts for a needy child. They offer some suggestions and have a small list of items not allowed but leave it up to the giver as to what to put in their box.
Hannah filled her box with items for a girl between the ages of 5-9, and Will did the same for a boy of the same age group. They had a blast picking out items at Dollar Tree. Hannah purchased a doll, an outfit for the doll, socks, hair clips, comb and mirror set, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues, coloring book, paints, socks, a pink pig puppet and some candy. Will has a sun catcher for the child to paint, coloring book, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues, paints, a brown bear puppet, playdough, and some candy. I plan to get a small box of crayons for each box either tomorrow or Monday. The boxes have to be turned in this week so Operation Christmas Child can get them to the children by Christmas. Hannah and Will both want to include letters and their addresses so the recipient can write to them.
This is the first year we've done it and it has been fun. We may have to make this an annual event. I took some pictures of the kids and their boxes but will have to post them later.