The grandchildren took their boxes to the Church this morning, the deadline at the Church, so they can get the boxes to the regional collection point on Monday.
They had a great time picking out the items for the shoe boxes. And were delighted to take them into Sunday School this morning. As you can see by the picture, others dropped theirs off today, too. And this is just a part of the total brought in today. More came in before services started.
This is the first year the grandchildren participate in Operation Christmas Child. It won't be the last.
If you're not familiar with Operation Christmas Child, look into it. It's a program of Samaritan's Purse:
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Samaritan's Purse is run by Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. And Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse. It's to "share the joy of Christmas and the love of Jesus Christ with suffering children around the world."
Operation Christmas Child delivers shoe boxes to children in need. And it was heartwarming to see the grandchildren taking part.
The boxes they filled were overflowing. So much so that, Saturday night, the Wife and I were running from store to store trying to find rubber bands big enough to hold the boxes closed. We never found any (didn't want to drive all the way into town, so we tried to hit the stores outside town) so we ended up using hair bands ... I think that's what they're called. They're elastic and are for fixing hair. But they're big. About the size of a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza. Anyway, that's what we finally had to get to hold the boxes closed.
If you'd still like to participate in Operation Christmas Child, get a shoebox, fill it with items from the suggested list, and get it to one of the collection centers. If you don't have time to make it this year (Monday's the deadline for 2006), but would like to help, you can donate to Samaritan's Purse.
While it's nice to think about the pleasure the gifts will give the children on the receiving end, it was great watching the pleasure with which the grandchildren picked out the gifts for their shoeboxes. Christmas is indeed the season of giving.