This week for our Family Night - we packed our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! This is a ministry that David and I love and even this "small" way of helping makes a big impact!
Incidentally, this is Collection Week - so if you still want to participate the deadline is Sunday in most places.
We started out our evening by watching a two minute video of a family in NC packing their boxes. This is nice and short and shows other children participating which is why I wanted Emily to see it!
Then, we had tacos for dinner. I wanted to do something ethnic since we were talking about children from other countries. I searched and scoured for other recipes - but honestly wasn't sure any of us would eat any of those things. I had a book I was planning to read about a little boy who received a shoebox and they talked about tortillas in it - so that is why I went with tacos. (We ran out of time to read the book - but that is ok!)
Then we headed to the store. I had already stockpiled a good amount for our boxes - but I really wanted Emily to be more hands-on this year and get to help pick out some of the goodies for her box.
This went well - I think she enjoyed getting to pick the items out! When we got home, we packed our boxes!
Rachel even got in on it! (After she put all these things in - she took them all out and dropped each thing on the floor - oh well!)
Here is Emily with her finished box!
We had to finish up on Saturday night because I had over planned as usual! After dinner on Saturday, I let the girls "color" these pages to include in their boxes.
Then, we had Christmas cookies to finish off our night! I made these because they are one we already love and are called Russian Tea Cakes and Mexican Wedding Cookies - I know it is a stretch, but it was my attempt at an ethnic cookie to go with our theme!
Starting Friday night, we will be praying for Operation Christmas Child every night at dinner for a week. I picked up a prayer card at church (I couldn't find a copy on-line) which includes praying for all the volunteers who make this venture possible and the families of the children who will receive these boxes!