Operation Christmas Child

Our family went shopping today to buy presents for our Operation Christmas Child boxes. If you’ve never participated in Operation Christmas Child before, it’s essentially a way to share Christmas with kids around the world by purchasing small gifts and packing them into a shoebox that will be given to them as a Christmas gift.

We’ve participated in this every year we’ve been at Parkcrest. What we’ve started doing, is buying presents for a boy Isaac’s age, and for a girl, Kate’s age. The kids help pick out the presents, pack the boxes and write them a note with pictures they’ve colored. This year, we’ll register our box online and watch where it gets delivered to.

As they were packing up the boxes, I was reminded of this picture that a woman from Parkcrest sent me last year. She was traveling on a bus in Fiji, having participated in Operation Christmas Child a few months earlier, and saw this boy.

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As she asked him about it, he shared with her how important this box was to him and said that it “made his Christmas extra special.”

Although this weekend is the deadline to turn your boxes in at Parkcrest, you’ve still got time to help make Christmas extra special for a child on the other side of the world.