Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christmas Gift Giving

Without a doubt, Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. It's the holiday I go all-out for for decorating, it's the holiday I go all-out for for baking, and it's the holiday that means I get to buy all sorts of goodies for the people that I love. With that in mind, I bring you the Samaritan's Purse and their special Christmas project: Operation Christmas Child (as seen on Tania's blog, a fellow SITSa).

All you need to do is fill a shoebox with gifts for a child in need, wrap it, and take it to a drop off center between the 16th and 23rd of November (disregard the date in the video below). Not in the U.S.? Not a problem! Samaritan's Purse is in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands.

I think this is a wonderful way to spread joy and love this Christmas season. My husband and I will definitely enjoy choosing the gifts to put in our boxes! I especially like this story in which a woman and her family in South Carolina have been putting together the shoeboxes for years and actually began corresponding with one of the recipients of the shoeboxes only to meet her a couple years later when she came to the U.S.! How neat! I think I'll be including self-addressed envelopes with my shoeboxes, too, just in case someone wants a trans-Atlantic friend :)


  1. i once gave my daughter's teacher a goat in his name for christmas! here from sits

  2. Stopping by from SITS! :)

    These boxes of gifts sound like such a great idea! :) Giving a little joy to people halfway around the world is a truly great gift this holiday season.

  3. That is an absolutely fabulous idea of celebrating Christmas and sharing joy of the festive season with people worldwide.

    Thanks for sharing it :)

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving for me yummy virtual cupcakes.

    Hope to see you around.


  4. such a sweet idea =) I will definitely look into participating !

    come check out my Blair Waldorf (gossip girl) inspired giveaway in celebration of my 100th post if you're interested =)


  5. I love this cause and have done one a few years back and it was alot of fun!

    just found your blog on SITS. Have a fab day! I'm off to have a look around your blog :)

  6. It is a great idea! We've done something similar few years ago in Estonia.
    Unfortunately I don't live in any of there countries...

  7. Thanks for the link to the Operation Christmas Child drop-offs. I wanted to fill a shoebox with my daughter when our Church participated, but of course I missed the deadline.

  8. I have heard and heard about this and want to do one so badly. I have even heard of families making a year long project to see how many boxes they could make in that year. Wonderful way to teach children how to give to others as well.. Ty for stopping by my blog... and about my layout I have NO and I mean NO designing skills so I prefer premade layouts.. I would like a 3 column to show off all my new friends buttons lol.. Oh yeah and I am a decorating freak rofl. I like to change a lot HELPPPP lol

  9. What a wonderful organization! Thank you for spreading the word. You've certainly inspired this family to put together some shoeboxes full of joy! Jenn

  10. stopping by from SITS! what a wonderful idea!!I am going to this with my family!!!Stop by

  11. My daughter's Sunday School class is filling 100 of these boxes and we're doing one on our own, too. Have to go shopping tomorrow. It's become a tradition for her to fill a box for another little girl. :)

    Stopping by from SITS!

  12. What a fantastic idea. I am going to do this with my kiddos! Thank you for sharing!

    Holly @ 504 Main and Hip Weddings