Have you come across Operation Christmas Child before? It’s a global operation run since 1993 by Samaritan’s Purse where families, churches, schools and businesses put together gift-filled shoe boxes to be distributed to children in need. From 1993 through 2012, some 100 million gift boxes have been handed out in more than 130 countries.
To pack a box for a child, all you need is a shoe box and a selection of presents. Different countries have different specific guidelines about what presents to include, but in general you want to pack:
Something to love
Something for school
Something to wear
Something to play with
Something for personal hygiene
Take care to look into the restrictions on what shouldn't be included.
You select whether you want to pack for a boy or a girl and the age (2–4, 5–9 or 10–14 years old) of the child. The presents don’t have to be expensive. For example, there is a great range of handmade creations under $15USD that could be used to pack a box right here on Etsy from EtsyKids Members.
The drop off dates are fast approaching. Start packing now!
Australia (operationchristmaschild.org.au/) – October is national collection month, finishing 25 October
Canada (www.samaritanspurse.ca/operation-christmas-child), collection week is 18 – 24 November
United Kingdom (www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/), collection is 1 – 18 November
United States (www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/), collection week is 18 – 24 November
Kate is from Melbourne, VIC, Australia, and is the creator/owner of 'kaetoo' Canvas Photo Boards on Etsy. She sells a wide variety of personalized, handmade embossed bulletin boards in all sizes, colors and themes. Follow Kate's work on facebook and at her blog.