Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Service Project

Every Christmas since our daughter has been born we’ve made a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child for a little girl her age. Last year she had fun shopping but didn’t really understand what was going on.

Preschool Service Project - Operation Christmas Child

(Side note, brother already has more hair than she did at 1 year 9 months)

This year at almost 3 she was way more involved and we added a box for a little boy. We talked about the purpose of the boxes and went on to Operation Christmas Child’s website and looked at pictures and found out what types of things we could put in the boxes and then headed out to go shopping. Our daughter ran from one thing to the next in the store, “Oh, the little girl would like this!” “Can we get this for the little boy?”

Arriving back home we had our daughter get the two boxes (we like plastic boxes instead of shoe boxes) and load everything into the right one.

OCC Packing

Brother even got in on some of the action.

Preschool Service Project - Operation Christmas Child

For the last step I had our daughter get out her coloring box and paper and draw pictures to put in the box. We’ll finish them off by writing a note and including a picture if I manage to get any printed this week.

OCC Cards

This is a fun tradition that helps keep the perspective on giving instead of getting during the holiday season. Next year I’m going to plan ahead a little better and have our daughter do some little jobs around the house to earn money to purchase some of the supplies with. It will allow her to have even more ownership and hopefully make more of an impact.

It’s not too late for you to join in on the fun! Collection week goes through the 25th! Check out theΒ Samaritan’s Purse website for all the details and to find a drop off location near you.


15 thoughts on “Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Service Project

  1. Keri @ Growing in His Glory

    We just bought our goodies today for the shoeboxes. What a fun and wonderful opportunity to teach our children that it is “more blessed to give than to receive” especially while shopping πŸ™‚

    Beautiful children with a wonderful mama πŸ™‚

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      It is a wonderful opportunity. Love projects that the whole family can be involved in. Yeah, she talked about wanting things for herself a couple times at the beginning in the store but after we reminded her what we were doing she never asked again.

      Aww, thanks for you sweet words. You are a wonderful mama yourself!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      You guys were on top of it! I hope to plan ahead a little more next year. It is such a great lesson. I hope that it’s something that our kids will look forward to doing every year.

  2. jessica | piganddac

    Wow, I absolutely love this! I’ve always known of organizations like this but haven’t thought about it since I had my own kids. I would love for my kids to do something like this, thanks so much for sharing.

    By the way, it looks like all of our kiddos are around the same age. My oldest turns 3 in Feb and my youngest turns 1 at the end of January πŸ™‚

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      It was so much fun. I was impressed at how well our daughter did and only asked for something at the beginning of our shopping trip and after we reminded her what we were doing, she didn’t ask again and ran around finding things the little boy and girl would like to get.

      My oldest turns 3 February 5th, when is your son’s birthday? The baby will be one May 20, so our younger ones are only 4 months apart. How fun!

  3. Gina

    Your children are so adorable! Mine are all grown now and I am reminded of their days of putting together Operation Christmas boxes. Have a lovely evening.


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