Posted by: little sprout creations
November 20, 2010
Since Little Sprout Creations started last April, we’ve been so excited to be able to give 10% of our profits to support Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief ministry.
Every November, Samaritan’s Purse hosts Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a program to give shoe boxes filled with gifts to needy children around the world.
This year, we decided to recruit our daughters Leah and Rory to fill boxes for kids. As Leah is only 2 months old, Leah took care of the gift picking and box filling for both of them. 🙂 OCC allows you to choose to fill a box for a boy or a girl, in either the 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 year old age ranges. We filled two boxes for 2-4 year old girls.
We marched down the aisles of Target this morning, picking out hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, brushes), fun girly things like hair clips and jewelry (which as you can see, is very important to Leah!), coloring books, crayons, toys, and candy.
We also picked up two plastic shoe-box sized boxes (you can use actual shoe boxes, but we didn’t have any at home.) When we got home, we unpacked our gifts, and started loading them into the boxes. We talked about the girls we were giving gifts to (we called them “Emily” and “Anna,” to help Leah understand that we were giving them to girls we don’t know), prayed for the girls together, and thanked God for how blessed we are to have all that we have. We also watched a great video about Operation Christmas Child, which was another easy way to show Leah what we were doing, and who “the kids” were. (watch the video here or on our facebook page.)
After we finished talking and filling the boxes, something really awesome happened. Leah walked over to her toybox, grabbed two of her best stuffed friends (bunny and monkey), and put them in the boxes, saying “Emmy and Anna.” I don’t know if she understood what she was doing, but I have a hunch that she did. Kids have really cool hearts.
Tomorrow we’ll take our boxes to a local collection center (along with a $7 donation to cover shipping costs). If you give your $7 online, they’ll give you tracking information for the box, and let you know where your gift goes! I’ll be excited to show Leah on a map where “Emily” and “Anna” live. We’ll also be writing a note to the girls, and including a return envelope – we’ve heard that sometimes the kids write back and tell you about themselves! We’ll update if we hear back from “Emily” and “Anna”.
If you’re interested in putting together a box, collection week is this week – here’s a link for more details on Operation Christmas Child.