Making a Child’s Christmas {Finer Things Friday}

Operation Christmas Child

We have super powers, friends.  We have the power to create magic in a child’s life, both our own and those we will never meet.

One of my favorite recent traditions is helping our church’s kid classes pack up a bunch of shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  It satisfies both the bargain hunter in me to search for shoebox deals all year and the giver in me to know that I’m participating in a huge (huge!) effort for children.

This year, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone with more than 100 million children receiving shoe box gifts since 1993. That means at least 100 million children will have experienced the love of God! But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Our plan is to go above and beyond 100 million. We hope to collect more shoe box gifts for children this year than any other year in our history.

Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?!

Samaritan’s Purse is hosting a virtual OCC Packing Party on Facebook October 22-29, 2012. Here’s how you can participate:

  • Visit the Packing Party app on OCC’s Facebook page anytime during the week of October 22-29.
  • Make a Packing Party pledge to share how many boxes you plan to pack.
  • Tweet about the shoe boxes you’re packing, using #OCC100M.
  • Find fun craft ideas for shoe box gifts on our Pinterest page.
  • Make your $7 donation online to follow your box and learn the destination country for your shoe box gift.
  • National Collection Week is November 12-19. Click here to find a drop-off location near you.

Operation Christmas Child is a Finer Thing in my book.  What Finer Things are you celebrating this week?  Link up and let us know!


  1. Thanks for spreading the word! I’m a year-round volunteer with OCC in Church Relations here in Northern California. I get to go around sharing OCC with churches and other groups, which is funny since I have always been afraid of public speaking. We started packing 13 years ago, and one of those first boxes ended up in the hands of a teenage boy in India. He grew up, graduated, started a church, and then started an orphanage for boys. All because he received a gift that reminded him of God’s love.

  2. Our church has participated in this for many years. I love being a part of a church that is very missions minded overseas and in our own community. It is such a blessing.

  3. Our church has also participated in this for several years. We have always done boxes for one boy and one girl. After we did our boxes last year, our son and daughter asked if we could do 2 of each this year, so we have been collecting things for 4 boxes all year. We’ve got them packed and ready to go. 🙂 So nice to help others and to teach our children the importance of helping others and spreading God’s word.

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