If there’s one thing I would like to instill in our kids, it’s a kind heart. We want to see them grow into generous people, who are thoughtful of others’ feelings and circumstances, no matter what they may be.
We try and take opportunities throughout the year to help cultivate those values in them. Sometimes it’s as small as reinforcing the importance of sharing toys with friends (and siblings!) and sometimes, it’s the bigger stuff.
The holidays really lend themselves to tackling the “bigger stuff”.
In past years, we’ve taken the kids to the grocery store, shopped for a full family meal for the holidays with their help and driven to the local food pantry to drop that meal off. Shopping for others with the kids gives us a perfect time to talk about what we’re doing and why. It also gives them an opportunity to really own the action. They’re physically helping us choose a special meal for another family. That’s something they remember year to year.
We plan to adopt a family again this year, as we’ve done the past couple years. I know the kids will enjoy choosing gifts to share with others. My son has had practice… this will be his second year involved in the actual choosing of the gifts, but it’s the first year that my daughter’s old enough to really get it.
We’re kicking off the holiday season and getting ourselves in the giving mindset by trying something new to us: building a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
This is something we’ve never done before, but we knew the kids would enjoy helping us put together a gift for another little boy or girl.
Building a box is easy. You can fill a shoebox at home or you can build-a-box online, like we did.
It was easy to get started online.
1. Boy or Girl? First, just choose whether you’re shopping for a boy or a girl. We flipped a coin and decided on a boy.
2. Age Group? Then choose the age group. Here we chose the middle age group (age 5 to 9).
3. Choose Toys and Gifts And then… the kids and I started building the box together. The screen was interactive and incredibly easy to use. You It gave us options for toys and other fun items, along with clothing choices (socks, t-shirts). I was pleased to see that a good number of other necessities are also automatically included in each and every box you build online, including soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, crayons, notebooks, and lots more. The kids were especially excited to see just how many of the toys we were able to include.
4. Personalize Once you’re done making your selections, you can choose to personalize the shoebox with your picture and a note.
5. Check out and Confirm Check out, confirm your donation and your box is on its way! Then… you even get to follow your box online and see where it’s headed!
If you’re looking for a way to get your kids involved in family giving, packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child would be a fun and easy way to start.
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.