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Monday, November 10, 2008

Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party

Today, a portion of our home school group met and packed up 20 OCC shoe boxes to be sent to underprivileged children worldwide, via the Samaritan's Purse Ministry of Franklin Graham.
We were fortunate to have a large gym in which to meet and set up our empty shoe boxes assembly-line style. The kids not only helped pack the boxes but were able to write letters to go in them. They were read aloud a book from OCC called Miracle in a Shoebox, which helped them to better understand why we pack boxes and where they go afterwards. Of course, all this "work" was followed by plenty of free play and holiday snacks.

Group moms went back and added more soaps, toys, and toothbrushes to the boxes until they had to be double-rubber-banded for fear of explosion!

I never get tired of seeing those rows of bulging boxes! Tonight for scout's homework, my third grader had to tell one reason why America is so special, and he said, very simply, "Because we're rich." I couldn't agree more.

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