A couple weeks ago I was at our local Chick-fil-A enjoying one of the world’s best chicken sandwiches when I saw a flyer for Operation Christmas Child.
We do something similar every year with a local transition house for adults, and it’s a great way to give back and focus on others.
You choose a boy or girl and age and then fill a shoebox full of practical and fun Christmas gifts which is sent to a child in need nationally and internationally. You’re also asked to include $7 to cover shipping costs, but it’s not required.
The website has a list of possible gifts and recommendations (school items, hygiene products, age appropriate toys, candy, jewelry and sunglasses) and things not to send like chocolate, war-type toys, liquids, or anything breakable.
I chose a girl age 10-14 just because I figured there might be a need for that age. But it was kinda hard to pick things… I wanted to choose practical things as well as fun stuff too; nobody wants a boxful of underwear. Basically I felt really old trying to figure out what a young girl would like.
I ended up with a pink pencil holder bag, mechanical pencils with flowery designs, glitter markers, a notepad, erasers and holiday socks.
And some holiday candy, jewelry, chapstick, a pair of sunglasses and a toothbrush.
I hope who ever receives it will be able to use and enjoy these things.
Then I wrapped it all up in my shoe box and wrapped the lid separately per instructions. This reminded me of gifts on TV or game shows where the lid is always wrapped separate and comes off easily… so much work to wrap a gift like that.
When I dropped it off at Chick-fil-A to be collected, they gave me a coupon for a free sandwich. I thought it was kind of cool that they don’t advertise it or anything, but anyone who donates to Operation Christmas Child gets a free sandwich.