When I was growing up, my mum would help us pack up a Christmas shoebox of gifts for a child in the developing world. This year, Ava, Thea and I are taking part in Operation Christmas Child. We are packing up our own box of goodies for a child who probably won’t receive any gifts.
Ava’s school is collecting the boxes, and have been telling the children why they are doing it. Ava is really on board and came up with loads of suggestions about what we could put in it.
Shopping for our Christmas Shoebox
I took Ava shopping for the gifts, and I could tell she really wanted to keep them for herself. We got a variety of arts and craft materials and kits, paints, colouring pencils, notebooks and other stationary. I added some gloves, and Ava chose a skipping rope, a ball, and a soft toy.
We also added a toothbrush and toothpaste, plus a comb and a sparkly headband from Claire’s.
Ava was excited to pack everything into the shoebox, and Thea added a rubber that she was given at the weekend. I think we spend around £25 in total, and they ask you to contribute £3 towards postage.
Ava drew a picture of our family and wrote a card to say Happy Christmas. I hope the recipient can read her attempt at grown up joined up writing!
Aside from how much we enjoyed putting our box of goodies together, I think that it’s a great way to get kids into giving to less fortunate people.
Ava told me that they checked each other’s boxes for liquids, foods and other things that aren’t allowed. There is a list of suggested items, as well as what not to put in, on the Operation Christmas Child website.
This video shows how happy and excited the children are to receive their Christmas shoebox – it makes me cry.
We are so, so fortunate and I am so happy that we can do this tiny thing to help one child have a happy Christmas.
My friend, Laura, who blogs at Laura’s Lovely Blog put together a box, why not see what she and her kids put in it?
Have you done a Christmas shoebox this year? I’d love to hear what you put in it, so I can steal your ideas for next year!