Thursday, December 30, 2010

Shoe Boxes in Sudan

We packed Shoe Boxes this year as part of Operation Christmas Child for The Samaritan's Purse . We were able to track our boxes and we received an email the other day saying that our boxes went to Sudan. Here is what the process looked like on our kitchen table back in November when we packed them up.

We packed 1 girl box and 1 boy box for children the same ages as Little Miss and E.

Little Miss helped me with most of the shopping while E was at school.

E made a card to put in the box for the boy.

Here is Little Miss' creation for her box.
We also included a family photo in each card. It really is amazing how much you can fit in one Shoe Box...those things were heavy!
We definitely plan on doing this again next year. What a simple way to make a difference.

This year there was a 40% increase from 2009 of shoe boxes shipped from RI and nearby MA ...EXCITING STUFF!

Before we started this project, I watched the video with Little Miss and E. I think it is important to expose kids to the whole picture. I think they are sheltered from the reality of life around them sometimes. They tend to take life for granted and not truly understand what they have. It's so hard to teach children the value of what they have. How many times have we picked up crayons, paper, dolls, cars and other toys off the floor or asked them to clean up their messes? I have a feeling there will not be anyone asking the children in Sudan to pick up the contents of their Shoe Boxes off the ground.....and hopefully, someday, I will not have to ask my children to pick up their crayons either.

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more”

-Anthony Robbins

(Love that quote!!!!)

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