How many toys, outfits, shoes and accessories do your children get for Christmas or whatever gift-giving holiday you celebrate? In most cases, I am pretty sure the answer is more than they need or too many. How many of these items do your children discard in a few months, a few weeks or even a few hours? No need to answer but I’m sure one of these options fits the bill. What if you could teach your children about acts of CHARITY and the privilege of what they have in an easy way? This holiday season we are doing just that. We have several charitable projects we are working on with some of the youngest members of our family. Our first act of charity is Operation Christmas Child.
“A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.”
We set aside one Saturday to purchase items and put together our boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Just the night before, we enjoy the evening at the Stone Mountain Park Christmas celebration. My cousin and I agreed working on our charity project the very next day was a great way to show the kids how lucky they are. Sure they have lots of fun and we plan outings for them almost every weekend but now it’s time for them to see the bigger picture. It’s time for them to see the world beyond themselves.
Here are some thoughts from the children:
“Wow, some of these kids have never had a coloring book or crayons?”
“Let’s get them a doctor kit so they can start their “career” early.”
“I wonder if they need socks and shoes.”
“Some kids don’t have running water at home? Even in America?”
“Go with the plastic bins, this way they can store their gifts in a safe place or use the bins to collect water.”
“I’m so glad we are doing this. I know they will love it.”
“We are answering their prayers.”
Powerful words from 7-10 year-olds. They made me cry.
This week we will be bringing our boxes to a local drop-off center. It’s not to late to this or any other act of charity with your kids for the holiday. Go ahead and bless someone today acts of kindness.
Here are some Acts of Charity Ideas the whole family can do together.
What charitable activities will you and your family take part in this season?