How many weeks do we have to pack shoeboxes? 2!
Remember: We aren’t doing this FOR Him, we’re doing this WITH Him.
Did you write a letter or a quick note to add to your shoebox? Still have words hanging on your heart?
Include a Stuffed Animal or Doll
Little ones love to cuddle and care for stuffed animals and dolls. And dolls love to go on shoebox adventures!
How about writing a short story or letter from the toy’s perspective?
Here’s an example:
Here are some story starters for you:
- I’m going on an adventure! I look forward to …
- My friend packed me in a shoebox so I could visit you …
- I used to live at a store. It was like this …
- I was made in a workshop/living room just for you …
Will it make a difference?
Once there was a young man who needed his favorite knit blankie mended during a time of medical challenge.
It was fun to connect a blankie, an alligator and our hearts all around a few skeins of yarn and a few words on a page.
Words – and alligators: they can make a difference.
If you worry about shoebox recipients not being able to read the letter or story, most often there is someone who can read/translate for them.
You could even draw simple sketches to help connect your toy’s world to theirs.
A Little Lamb
Operation Christmas Child tells a story of a boy named Luis …
who received a little lamb – and the sacrificial Lamb, Jesus –
Watch Luis’ Video.
and it changed his life. Forever.
It’s Your Turn
What’s your toy’s story? Where was he born? What does she like to do? What is it like going on adventure not knowing where you will arrive?
Do share your story! I‘d love to read it!