Yesterday, after our church service, some families from our church got together to pack up shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. My friend Rachel headed up this project for our church and did a great job spreading the word, organizing donations and setting up the tables so that we could pack each box efficiently.
Rachel set up our donations with sections for stuffed animals, flip flops, writing supplies and paper, books, hygiene, hair accessories and jewelry, toys and candy. She even placed a label in front of each group so that everyone would know how many of each item could go into a box. The packing process went smoothly and we all had a great time!
Our little Luna, who is generally very impulsive and spazzy, surprised me by taking great care in choosing the items for the boxes she packed. Though, I did have to explain to her a few times that these boxes were not for our sponsor children. She insisted, as she packed her first box, that she was packing it for Precious. Eventually, she understood that we were packing for other children who lived in poor areas.
Kaya, who is turning 9 on Thursday and looks SO grown up to me in this picture, just loved packing up these boxes. She looks pretty serious here, but she really was grinning ear to ear for most of the afternoon.
Luna and her little friend posed next to some of the finished boxes. I am not sure what our final count was, but we had a huge stack of boxes by the time we were done! It is such a blessing to be able to be a part of this amazing organization. I think it is awesome for our children to have the opportunity to help others and spread some love to those who need it. The joy of giving was palpable in the room as we packed up our shoe boxes. I hope that the children love receiving them as much as we loved packing.
On a related note, speaking of the joy of giving, the Lord has blessed us with another beautiful Compassion International correspondence child. We had already received the girl from Africa that we asked for, as we welcomed Kazihizina from Rwanda to our family a couple of weeks ago. Somehow, the request must have been left in the system. A God-inspired human error, I am sure. For some reason, I was drawn to log into our Compassion account last night and instantly saw that our list of correspondent children was longer than it was last time I checked. Welcome to our family, Alice from Kenya! Wait until you see the beautiful smile on her face! She is just precious!