It's time to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Last year we were surprised at how much it cost to fill a box with quality items and pay the shipping. We wanted to fill more, but simply couldn't due to our family's budget. So we started planning ahead and bought gifts throughout the entire year and not just the week before the shoe boxes were due. When shoe box time came around this year we had a stash of stuff to work with. In January, I placed a large gift bag in a closet and wrote "Gifts for Jesus" on it. Throughout the year we went shopping for gifts to put in our shoe boxes and stored them in our bag. Since we spread out our spending this year we are going to fill more boxes than ever before. I also want our children to think about giving to others throughout the entire year and not just at Christmas time.
So, this is your reminder - go and fill some shoe boxes for children all around the world so they can hear about Christ. In doing this, you are truly giving a gift for Jesus. National Collection Week is November 14-21. Click here for a list of drop off locations.