Operation Christmas Child

by PJ Mullen on June 29, 2010

in June 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

Today we have the seventh nominee for June’s Spread Your Warmth campaign. Operation Christmas Child is global Christmas gift exchange operated by Samaritan’s Purse.

Of all of the nominees we have had through the first three months of the campaign OCC is one that I actually have some personal experience with. My wife and I participated through our church last year and had a lot of fun filling up the shoeboxes with toys and other surprises for children around the world.

Each November Operation Christmas Child opens thousands of locations, typically at churches or schools, to collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other gifts. These are then distributed as Christmas gifts to million of children each year.

Gift boxes are collected in North America, Europe and Australia. From 1993 through 2008, some 69 million gift boxes have been handed out in more than 130 countries.

If you are interested in participating this holiday season, you can visit Operation Christmas Child’s web site to get more information on how to pack a shoebox, the types of items you can include, find drop off locations in your community and even download labels.

My family and I plan on participating again this year and we have a great time seeking out all kinds of fun things to fill our shoeboxes with. As if we didn’t have reason enough to love the dollar spot at Target to keep our two year old entertained, there is some great stuff there to help get us going in filling our shoeboxes.

Thank you to Crystal Arcand for nominating Operation Christmas Child for the June edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about OCC visit their website.

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