Operation Christmas Child Testimony: I Packed My Shoebox For A Child My Son’s Age

Operation Christmas Child is very near and dear to my heart and to some readers too. To encourage you this week we’re going to be hearing from some people who love it just as much as I do as to how they’ve packed more shoeboxes for less moolah. This is from Sarah:

I first found out about OCC from your postings this fall and was immediately convinced that this was something my family could do.

It didn’t look like it cost much and as a mother of a two year old (Matthew Henry) I felt “connected” to this project, it really touched my heart knowing that the boxes we would pack might be someone’s only Christmas gift. I felt like I knew the types of things that would excite a two year old boy we we chose to pack our two boxes for Boys ages 2-4. Matthew helped me pick our MatchBox and Hot Wheels cars at Target on our weekly shopping trips we even found some fun Cars and Diego socks in the Dollar section at Target. I knew if he liked it, someone else that age probably would too. We were able to gather some pretty good items to our boxes just by watching sales, clearance racks, putting the word out to family members- my Mom lives near a Gap outlet and contributed four pocket tees she found there for about $3 each!

I also decided this would be a good time to go through my “stockpiles” and find things we had several of- dental floss, bar soap, toothbrushes, etc. Matthew also helped me by allowing me to take some of his Halloween candy this week- I sorted items like skittles and suckers out- things that I knew would melt in the boxes during transportation.

Now that we know about this program we’ll start hunting for items earlier for next year- I think we’ll be able to do at least 10 next year if we start earlier.

Sarah is a stay at home mom of one (Matthew), married to a lovely man, Dan for five years. Quit my full time job after Matthew was born and looked to coupons and sales to stretch our budget. We live in Chicago, on the NW side of the city.

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