After church today, we went to the store to buy stuff for our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. We let Maddie help us pick stuff for our little girls’ boxes. She had a lot of fun and I think she had even more fun helping me pack them up in each shoe box. We are going to put a picture of her in the boxes and include a little letter from Maddie in hopes that she may hear where her boxes end up. (NOTE: I just discovered tonight that you can pay for your shoe boxes online with EZ Give. EZ Give is a simple, convenient way to make your shoe box donation online by using a credit or debit card, eliminating the need to place a check inside the box. After completing your donation, you will be able to print out special EZ Give shoe box labels included in your e-mail receipt that indicate you have made your donation online rather than placing it inside your shoe box gift. The provided labels have a special tracking number on them and will enable you to FOLLOW YOUR SHOE BOX! I love that!!)
I am always overwhelmed at how such minor things to us can seem like so much to the child that receives a shoe box. These shoe boxes represent “hope” for a child who feels hopeless. I have been reminded this week of the goodness of God and how He blesses us. I’m also reminded of the message that MercyMe is trying to spread about “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” … and take every opportunity to love one another. When I look into Maddie’s smiling eyes, my heart’s desire is that each boy and girl who receives a Christmas box would know the joy and happiness that Maddie has and to be loved as she is loved.
As we enter into the holiday season, so often we think about our family traditions and decorating and the gifts we are going to buy for those that we love. We put a lot of time and thought into gift giving… most of the time for people who have just about everything they could every need or WANT. Watch this video… can you make a difference for a little boy or girl who just needs a little hope??
If you have any questions about how to get in on this… see www.samaritanspurse.org or send me an email.