Operation Christmas Child Sends Cheer Across Globe From The Midwest
I like to volunteer and give back when I'm able to in my local community. In that regard, I also like exposing my kids to acts of service and kindness we can do right here in the Tri-States; some even have an impact globally. This holiday season, and every year around this time, our local Cornerstone Church in Cascade becomes all hustle and bustle with gifts and giving during our annual shoe box packing party for operation Christmas Child, and my family always attends.
But what exactly is operation Christmas Child, and how can you get involved?
Well it's simple really and it starts with a shoe box. From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. And parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving during the holiday season.
These gifts not only bless the children that receive them (many who may have never received a Christmas present before), but also their families as many usable items are sent along in addition to toys, writing supplies and utensils, reusable bottles, hygiene products, and clothing. This year my favorite item to pack was a soccer ball for the 10 to 14 year-old group. It's a wonderful feeling to know some child will be blessed this holiday season by my families evening of community involvement.
If you'd like to join this worthwhile endeavor yourself or with your family visit this website for instructions on how to proceed. There are many drop-off locations across Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin for families that wish to partake. You can even join "packing parties" like the one I attended in Cascade, IA.
See some of the sights from the evening below.