Operation Christmas Child #OCCGiving

‘Tis the season… for I want, I want, I want. 

Christmas wish lists longer than kids are tall. 

And while part of me loves that excitement in their eyes as they think of what Santa might be bringing them and I adore their reactions to seeing presents under the tree, I want my family to always remember the real reason for the holidays: we were given the best present ever on that first Christmas and so we want to have hearts of giving to celebrate.

Shoe boxes ready to go at preschool!

For the past few years, my boys’ schools have participated in Operation Christmas Child, which is a non-profit organization that has inspired millions to pack Christmas gifts in shoe boxes for children in developing countries around the world.  

Some years, we’ve been asked to pack a shoe box and other years, different classes were asked to bring in specific items to build shoe boxes as a school. I’ll never forget my oldest being in kindergarten and his class being assigned toothpaste and toothbrushes- my son could not get over why that would be considered a fun Christmas present. 

My boys getting ready to pack a shoebox.

We also had to discuss why we were sending simple toys like small cars and playing cards instead of the latest Nintendo 3DS game.  Kids tend not to see too far beyond their own little worlds- it’s a simple fact of childhood. But packing a shoe box taught them a little about areas of the world where kids do not have the things they do. I was proud of one of my boys for suggesting maybe we send their DS in a shoebox. While the gift ideas on Samaritan’s Purse are much simpler, I was still touched that he understood the idea behind it.

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity. 

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause. You can find easy instructions on how to pack a shoe box and how to find a drop off location near you. National Collection Week is November 12-19, 2012.  Head over to Operation Christmas Child to learn more.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built.  Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.