Our church does a campaign called Be Rich and during this campaign we all pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This has been a holiday tradition of ours for years but this year we added the learning aspect to it.
We started off our lesson watching videos on the Samartians Purse site about how the boxes are distributed-success stories-and then we learned about Haiti (a country that is big on our families hearts) and the kids there.
We discussed and made a list of items the kids and their families may need.
Things like cups, plastic utensils, ponchos, soap, tolietries, bandaids...
Then some items the girls wanted to include.
A doll, a jump rope, note pads, candy.
And we headed or to the dollar store.
I let the girls just start picking items.
And they had a great time. "She will need this..." "Oh mom she needs socks!" This unknown child somewhere wasn't being thought Of as a stranger-she was a she and a friend they were shopping for.
When we came home we got to packing...
That's what they decided!
A toothbrush and paste
A jump rope
Soap and a wash cloth
A small bag
And the we took the bandaids out of their box and put them into an Elsa ziploc bag and buy them in the little bag. That way each item they opened had a special something inside.