Have you ever wanted to make a difference for poor kids in other countries, but don’t know how? Operation Christmas Child is a great way to help kids in 3rd world countries without leaving America! It’s so easy, and it makes such a big difference! Here’s what you do:
First, you get an empty shoebox. Decide whether it’s for a girl or a boy, and what age group they are in. Then… go shopping! Pick out toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and other stuff for the shoebox (keeping in mind the age group and gender of your child.) Let me give you some suggestions to get you started:
School supplies: Kids in poor countries can’t afford to go to school because they don’t have money for supplies. Education is a way for them to overcome poverty, and maybe become successful in their adult age. Here are some suggestions: Notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, scissors, glue, colored pencils, crayons, ETC.
Hygiene items: These kids don’t really have access to anything hygiene. If you provide them with these, they will be forever grateful. Here are some suggestions: Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, washcloth, comb, soap, ETC.
Toys: Toys… Many (If not all) of the kids in the USA have toys, and get more toys for Christmas. It’s something we really take for granted. But the kids in these countries don’t have that many toys, and definitely don’t get any for Christmas! In fact, many make toys out of garbage. Here are some suggestions: Slinkies, Hot wheels, small dolls, jump ropes, small stuffed animals, small balls, paper dolls, coloring books, playing cards, ETC.
Other stuff: Candy: Only pack hard candy, and pack it in a plastic bag. Clothes: Pick age appropriate (And gender appropriate) clothes. Shoes and socks work well too. Remember, girls and boys in other countries usually have to cover up.
Thanks for reading! For more information, please go to: www.samaritanspurse.org/…/operation-christmas-child/ Thanks again and… pack a shoebox!