Do you have a family tradition like this too?
Our family every year packs boxes for Samaritan’s Purse.
I have the kids each pick what age they want to buy for, usually ends up being their age, and we fill the box.
This year I am taking each kiddo separately to buy for their boxes. Spending time just with that one kid-doodler and I, buying for an unknown child, has been wonderful. They know that they are getting nothing on this shopping trip for themselves. They are doing God’s work, helping someone that they will never see the fruits of their efforts, yet doing this with a giving heart.
Belle got to go first.
She found that pink was her theme.
She put all this in her box and then went shopping for some cute Old Navy shorts.
She still has not found the pink horse shirt she wants to put in there too.
We are working on it though!
I took Michael out shopping yesterday.
Here is what we started with.
It is hard to see, but he found a shirt, baseball hat, lip balm, pencils, pencil sharpener, composition book, toothbrush and toothpaste.
He wants to find a bracelet to put in there. You know the ones made of rope that are all the rage?
He also wants to find shoes.
I am impressed that his heart is that this boy have a new Christmas outfit.
Rebecca and I will be going this weekend for her box.
I will post what she finds then.
I love teaching my kids that it is better to give than to receive. I love that they get so thoughtful as to what this unknown person might need. We will never get to witness the gifts that we find for the child that receives them. We pray that God will direct our efforts to the right child and that they will be blessed.
Now do not think that Aimee is out of the box thing this year just because she is the oldest.
Our church just started a new program sending gifts to children in Mali. They are called Love Pax.
People at our church sponsor children there. They will be sending gifts to the children they sponsor. Our church would like to go out to the surrounding communities and bless the children there with the word of God and small bags of gifts.
Aimee will be filling one of these instead.
Oh and just for fun, down here is a link to Samaritan Purse where you can see Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty pack his first shoebox.
It is cute!!