So … it might be time to share a little insider secret to my Operation Christmas Child soul. Are you ready? Can you handle the real me?
I. Like. Toys.
Yah, I know. I’m 50 years old and counting. But am I counting up or down?
When my Daddy turned 50, he started counting backwards in age until we met in the middle and then we would grow old together. He was 45 when I was born, so I thought it was a good plan. It just didn’t last as long as either one of us would have liked.
[Wooohoooooooo, Suzannnnnnne … come back from the trip down memory lane … you are writing a blog post about Operation Christmas Child …]
Ah, so where was I? Ah yes, toys. I like them.
Toys: Wow and Little
I like shopping for them, taking them out of the packaging (so we don’t create a heap of trash in countries without curbside disposal services), playing with them – for just a moment – then packing them in shoeboxes for their long journey to another part of the world.
Here are a few pics to give you an idea what kinds of goodies you can find to fill in the nooks and crannies of your shoeboxes:
Are You a Filler Collector?
Do you like to collect lots of little toys from hither and yon? If so, you might just be a Filler Collector!
Did you know you can send filler gifts to Operation Christmas Child without needing to put together a shoebox?
Some shoeboxes arrive at the processing centers a little on the light side. You can make a child’s Christmas a little on the brighter side by sending handmade and store-bought filler gifts, like toys, hats and more.
Some groups – like our church – hold packing days where we all come together, bringing what we have gathered and pack shoeboxes together. Kind of a collective Borg experience, but with good purposes in mind.
If you have filler gifts, or bar soap, or school supplies or toothbrushes coming out your ears, let’s put them in a shoebox!
Wonder what to look for?
Here’s a list of Gifts Ideas by Age (pdf) that will help. But really, if it fits the criteria (no military items, no guns, no knives, no glass, no liquids, nothing freaky or scary), it’ll work in a shoebox.