Giving // Operation Christmas Child

Every year, Mark and I do our best to get the kids involved
in something that brings a little perspective to their lives.
Them knowing how blessed they are- both materially and with a loving family,
is so important to us as parents.

Usually, one of the things we do with the kids is fill a shoe box
for less fortunate kiddos.
This happens around Christmas time, so it is a fun way to get them in the 
giving spirit, instead of always naming off the things they want.
Nothing makes me cringe faster than one of my kids starting a sentence with,
"I want..."
Okay, maybe them eating a pile full of junk food while drinking sugar-laced
soda and watching Spongebob might set me off even more,
but you get the picture.
We want them to see the joy in giving to others
and take the emphasis off of always getting stuff for themselves.

With that being said,
I figured you might be filling shoe boxes, too, 
so I thought I would show you a few snap shots of items we are putting 
in our shoe boxes to get y'all in the giving mood, as well!

We usually have the kiddos pick things appropriate for their particular ages,
so this year we are packing a girl box for a 2 year old,
a boy box for a 4 year old, and a girl box for a 7 year old.
We aren't doing one for Julia since she is too young to pack one,
but next year she will do one, too!

All of these items are from Target.
Most of them are the dollar bin goodies,
but a few came from other areas in the store,
such as the "party favor" section.
So, let's get to it, shall we?!?

2 year old- Girl

Ideas: Socks, Coloring kit, Stickers, ChapStick, Fun Hair Ties, Tooth brushes, Play-Doh, books

7 Year old- Girl

Festive Candy, Playing Cards, Play-doh, ChapStick, Stickers, Coloring pack, Socks, Headbands,
Hair Ties, Tooth brushes

4 Year Old- Boy

Festive Candy, Fun Book, Tooth brushes, ChapStick, Playing cards, Socks, Coloring pack, Play-doh, bag of dinosaurs or other toy (such as mini cars, farm animals, etc.)

I hope these ideas help you get creative for your own shoebox friends.
We also spend a good deal of time praying for our shoebox friends.
We are still praying for the kids who received our boxes last year.
My kiddos each color a picture to put in the box, too.

Happy ShoeBox packing!!!


  1. Hahaha! Great minds think alike! Working on my Operation Christmas Child Shoebox post today! :)

    1. I'm all about spreading the word!! haha Can't wait to see your post!

  2. I love this! Thanks so much for bringing awareness to such a wonderful charity. My kids love to go into the dollar store and build shoeboxes all year round. It is so good to teach them to be thoughtful in this way at a young age. I wrote a post called Christmas in July that shares how our family supports Advent Conspiracy if you'd like to check that out. I love it when I see others embracing charities, especially during Christmas. It really helps to keep a proper perspective on the holiday. Thanks so much for this post, Liz. Pinning it! ~Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    1. I will certainly check that post out!!! Thank you so much for the encouragement! Blessings.

  3. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded! We love doing the OCC boxes every year as a family. I recently heard the story of how it started and it was so interesting to me to hear the back story. I think it was on Focus on the Famly if you wanted to listen to it if you didn't hear it yet. I'll be featuring your post this week in my roundup! Happy Weekend!

    1. Thank you SOOO much for the feature! I will look for that story. It is such a great cause and we love filling boxes and praying for the kiddos who will get the boxes. :)

  4. This is the first year I've heard of Operation Christmas Child, and I can't wait to do one for next year. By then my oldest daughter will be 3 and the youngest will be almost 2, so it should be fun for them. Thank you for sharing what you did!