Giving Back with Operation Christmas Child 2012 #OCCGiving

My husband and I often joke that our children are little socialist. It is always about what you can give them with no regard for how much things cost. And while we are very lucky and blessed to be able to spoil our children we also want them to know that some are not so lucky.

There are countless ways that you can give back to others and teach your children about giving. One of our favorite ways is to pack a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a non-profit organization through Samaritan’s Purse. They ask that you pack a shoe box full of gifts for a child and then that box is delivered to a children in developing countries around the world. This year, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone with more than 100 million children receiving shoe box gifts since 1993.

Operation Christmas Child gives some really easy to follow guidelines about what type of things make great gifts. Then you just go shopping. For those that are really busy you can even build a box online.

One thing I love about Operation Christmas Child is that you are able to pick the age group and the gender of the child or children you are shopping for. This allows Genghis and Miss Stalin to really get involved in packing the box. It lets them pick things they love for children their same age.

And they really get into it.

By the time we drop our box off I am always proud of both of them. They are truly excited about the things they picked and the thought of making Christmas a little brighter for another child.

The best part? You can even include a letter and a picture in your box. It is a wonderful way to share a little bit about the child who did this for them. And it is an awesome way to show them Christ’s love. And isn’t that what Christmas is really about?

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built. Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world!
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