One of the things I love best about having this blog is that it gives me a platform to talk about things that I really care about.
This is me talking about Operation Christmas Child because it's something I really care about.
Some of you may know Operation Christmas Child as the Shoebox Ministry, which is run by Samaritans Purse. Because of Operation Christmas Child, some 8 million needy children, in more than 100 countries on six continents, will receive personal, gift-filled shoe boxes this year. For many of these children, the shoe box gift will be the first gift they have ever received.
Operation Christmas Child partners with caring individuals, families, schools, churches, civic clubs and other organizations in thousands of cities in all 50 states and 11 additional countries to fill those 8 million shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, family photos and notes of encouragement for needy
More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, including some 100,000 volunteers in the United States, will join forces to prepare the boxes for transport to distant lands.
Our church participates in Operation Christmas Child and each year our family fills at least 2 shoeboxes...for children the same ages as our sons. It's a great way to get our kids thinking outside of themselves at Christmas.
My friend, Sarah, from Real Life is partnering with Operation Christmas Child to reach the blogging community. She is going to host a blogging carnival for people to share their OCC stories (the carnival starts TODAY!) and a virtual packing party on her live MomTV Show. You can read all about Bloggers Care: Operation Christmas Child on her site.
When she asked for volunteers to help spread the word, I couldn't say YES fast enough. If you're a blogger, we'd love for you to help spread the word too.
And there are so many ways to get involved as an individual or as a group. You can pack boxes as an individual or you can organize a group to pack or you can donate. Be sure to see Bloggers Care: Operation Christmas Child at Real Life for more info.