Wow, time for our next Everyday Creative Challenge!! Number 19 supports Operation Christmas Child, so I thought this would be a great opportunity for us to get creative AND help people in need!
Many children in developing countries never get a Christmas present. In fact, they are often so poor that they lack basic items like clothes, food, and education. Operation Christmas Child is a fantastic opportunity to give children in developing countries an amazing gift this Christmas- useful presents to increase their quality of life!
Christmas is by far my favourite time of year, and this is a fantastic way to get children (and adults) thinking about how they can give back to people less fortunate. It’s also a chance for us to get a bit creative, and encourage the creativity in children who might not have much opportunity to otherwise!
It’s as easy as 1,2,3 if you want to participate.
- Find a shoebox (or if you are near somewhere that is collecting shoeboxes, they might have these one available). It should be approximately 15 x 27 x 11 cm. Wrap the lid and box seperately in bright coloured wrapping paper.
- Decide if your box will be for a boy, or a girl. I’m doing two boxes- so one boy, one girl! Decide on the age of the child your box is for (2-4 years, 5-9 years, 10-14 years). Mark these details on the label, and stick it to the box. You can download a label on the Operation Christmas Child website, or email me and I’ll send you one.
- Fill it with gifts! Remove the packaging for indiviudal gifts (if a notepad is in plastic wrap, take it out of that first, so you’re not adding extra weight, and sending rubbish to them that they need to get rid of- it’s much easier for us to get rid of it!!).
You’ll need to include a $7 donation (you can make this online) which goes toward the huge shipping fees associated with sending so many pressies overseas!
Filling the box is my favourite part of the whole process. I get to go shopping and buy lots of fun kid-things that I wouldn’t normally be able to justify! I’m going to be giving my boxes a bit of a ‘creative’ flavour, with the hope of encouraging the two little kiddies that get it to express themselves creatively!
Of course, I’ll be putting in something from each of these categories, so that it’s useful box, and things stay fair!
Something to wear, Something to love, Something special, Some things for school, Something to play with, Something for personal hygiene.
Boxes need to be into a local drop-off point by the 25th of October, so you’ve got about 20 days to get some boxes together!!
Did you know you can also track the progress of your indicidual box? So you can actually see the kids that get your gift! How cool is that?! If you participate, I’d love to see what you do! Add a link to the linky below!
**Usually our Everyday Creative Challenges are using things you’ve got around the house, and by all means- find some cute things that you have at home to put into it. I felt that this was a special cause that needed our attention, which is why I’ve included it, even if it does involve going out and buying some things.**