Follow the yellow brick road, oh, follow the yellow—wait! Stop! Step off the yellow brick road. It’s time to follow your box.
Your Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
Ahhh, what’s that?
It’s a shoebox filled with small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, T-shirts, and such…which is then shipped around the world to a hurting child.
And it is amazing how much can be stuffed into one shoebox…I’ve managed to squeeze in shoes, light jackets and even full-size backpacks along with the other items.
Sometimes I’ll pack a box around a theme. This year I chose to do a sports box after finding a pair of baseball shoes on sale. When finished, the box also had a baseball cap, glove with ball, and baseball shirt along with school supplies, hygiene items and small toys.
It’s fun to see how much can be jammed into a not-that-big-of-a-box, and to choose items that will delight a child. Sometimes a shoebox is the first gift the child has ever received.
Over the past five years, my boxes have been delivered to Malawi, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Tanzania, Lebanon, Angola, Ukraine, Sudan, and even Iraq, to name a few places.
I’ve read that more than 113 million OCC boxes have been distributed in over 150 countries. Impressive!
Sometimes these OCC distributions are in remote areas. On the final leg of their journey, boxes have been delivered by canoe, elephant, 4-wheel drive, motorcycle, horse, and even on the backs of men walking up steep terrain.
But most important, the gift-filled shoeboxes are given out along with a Gospel storybook in the child’s own language. It’s an opportunity to tell about God’s greatest gift, His son, Jesus Christ, and demonstrate His love.
OCC collection week runs until next Monday, November 24. There’s still time to fill a shoebox and impact a child. Go to www.samaritanspurse.org for complete information along with instructions on how to follow your box.