Have you thought about writing letters for your Operation Christmas Child shoebox? It makes the shoebox so much more personal. Plus, if you include a picture of your family with your mailing address, you may get a note back from the child who receives your box!
A Lithuanian girl got a picture in her box and asked who the people were. When they told her it was the people who sent her gift, she kissed it. ~story from Operation Christmas Child
This makes a great project for children to do. Writing a simple note helps them understand as well that a real person–a child who might live in a much different place but who is still very much like them–is going to receive this box. It makes it more personal on both sides–for the one giving as well as the one receiving.
TIP: Tape your note and picture onto the underside of the shoebox lid! Find more tips for filling up your box HERE.
Use a colorful piece of paper, a postcard from your city, or the first page of a tablet that you include in the box for your letter. Encourage your child’s letter writing with these tips:
- Introduce yourself by telling them your name and age.
- Write about how you had fun packing the box.
- Tell the child that you hope he/she will enjoy the gifts.
- Draw the outline of your state with a star showing where you live.
- Be sure to write clearly, but don’t worry about trying to write in another language. There are usually translators available at the box openings who will be able to interpret the letter you write.
- Share a little about yourself. Your favorite things to do, favorite foods to eat, and games you like to play.
- Remember, smiley faces are universal, so draw some on your letter!
You can also download FREE coloring pages for your Operation Christmas Child boxes HERE. This is a great activity to do with your kids so they can learn more about this ministry.
What will you pack in your box? See the 101 ideas for gifts to pack in your shoebox HERE.