Thursday, December 08, 2011

Operation Christmas Child

I mentioned in a post a while ago that the boys and I were doing show boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We did them at the end of November, but I just haven't gotten around to posting about it.

We watched the Veggie Tales video, talked about kids that don't have lots of toys or clothes or snacks, etc (vocabulary they can understand- snacks are a big deal around here!). Then we went shopping. Luca "got it" and really put some thought into what a boy his age in another country might like to have. Levi had to be reminded often that we weren't shopping for him, that we were choosing things to send away on an airplane to another 3 year old boy.  There were a few minor tantrums when he was reminded that what we were buying would not be his to play with when we got home.

The boys were very excited when it came time to pack the shoeboxes though. Luca really liked the challenge of trying to fit everything in the box- like a puzzle. Levi shoved everything in haphazardly and then was frustrated that the lid wouldn't close. LOL.

We included photos of the boys and of our family as well as a short note to the recipient of the box. The boys were excited that they could send a picture of themselves to children they had never met.

I sincerely hope that as Christmas Day gets closer and the boys will undoubtedly get more stuff than they need or could wish for, that we can keep thoughts and wishes for families that are not as fortunate as us.

I saw this on someone's facebook status this week and it really rang true for me:

"I was complaining the other day about how much my grocery order was..then I least I can afford to complain about it."

Here are a few pictures of they boys packing their shoeboxes.


The Tompkins Family said...

Very cool!

Anonymous said...

The thing to ask yourself when you want to complain about something:

Is this a first world problem?

For example, if you complain that you can't find the shoes you want in the right size or color. Ask yourself: Is that something that only a person in a first world country would complain about?

If the answer is yes, then it is a first world problem. As you said be thankful you have that problem, and that you don't have to complain that you can't afford shoes.

CanadianMama said...

Altruism makes me happy, when it involves our children it kinda makes me cray a bit! You are a beautiful person for teaching your children to be so giving and they will grow up to be wonderful men!

I need to do this next year!

ps. Love how Levi needed lots of reminders it wasn't for him. That would so be Lawson!