When is Operation Christmas Child National Collection week? This year, the dates are November 12 – 19, 2012. That means you still have plenty of time to get your box together before it’s time to take it to a collection site so it will be on its way to making a difference in a child’s life. Here are my top two tips for your Operation Christmas Child gift:
- The number one tip that I can offer you is to get a plastic shoe box with a lid. These are readily available for around $1 each at places like The Dollar Tree, Dollar General Store, and even Lowe’s (where they are usually sold in sets of around 8-10, still just around $1 each and sometimes less). In many countries, the children are just as delighted with the plastic, lidded box as the toys inside because it gives them something to carry water in.
- The next best tip I have is this: If you are going to put a pair of shoes in the box, flip flops are great, but if you possibly can, try to get a studier pair of shoes, like crocs (or a similar type of shoe). You can probably find these on sale right now. They are just a little sturdier and will last the child longer, plus they will remain in good enough shape to be passed down to a sibling.
Don’t forget to include a letter with your box! After experiencing the ministry firsthand, there are a lot of things that will make Operation Christmas Child different for me this year. After my trip to Ecuador, I realize even more how important that personal letter is to the children and their families.
Learn more about what Operation Christmas Child is HERE.