By: Sarah Barnett
Operation Christmas Child is such a great volunteering idea, because it can touch so many lives. What is operation Christmas you ask? Well it is an operation that helps children who have nothing get something for Christmas. Operation Christmas is a great way to make a kid’s day. I have personally been participating with this program since I can remember. My mom has always had me in church doing church activities, whether it is going Christmas Caroling or visiting nursing homes. But overall this has been my most favorite. It is a great way to get involved and help others who are in need. But you don’t have to be a Christian to be included in Operation Christmas Child, you just have to have a generous heart.
How do you participate with Operation Christmas Child? Well just go and get a shoe box, yes….just an old shoe box. Then figure out which group age you want, and whether it is a girl or a boy that you are wanting to send a box to. Then you need to go to the store and get just things that you think will fit the age group and gender you chose (age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14). Fill the box full of all kinds of things like school supplies, toys, hygiene items, and maybe even a little note! If you have no clue what to get, just go to Operation Christmas where they have great suggestions. After that you would need to buy a tracking label, so go to Operation Christmas to purchase one. Lastly, go and find a drop off location near your area. If you have no clue where one would be located, just go to Operation Christmas Drop Off and enter your zip code. Take the boxes there, and they will be sent to kids in need who will not get anything else for Christmas. The dates for the drop off will be November 16-23.
You will touch the lives of many; just a couple of minutes of your time will make it all worth while when the kids receive the gifts, and they notice that someone cares.
For any more information and the do’s and don’ts for what to send in your shoe boxes, visit OCC Suggested Gifts.