11 Nov

Last year on R1’s birthday we asked attendees to bring a card and a monetary gift.  The plan was to add the money together and buy one larger set of Lego and donate a portion to a charity of R1’s choosing (of course, I helped him with that choice by telling him about different options).

Last year, R1 donated a portion of his birthday money to the Breakfast Club of Canada to help out the thousands of kids who go to school hungry every morning.

This year, R1 wanted to fill a shoebox!  I’ve been filling a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child ever since I was a kid so I’m happy that he’s taking an interest.

On my old blog, I wrote about making a shoebox and, surprisingly, received several comments about Operation Christmas Child being a bad organization because they’re simply proselytizing to vulnerable and impoverished children under the guise of providing Christmas joy.

To that I say who cares and so what!!

Yes, OCC is a Christian organization but nobody has to say the sinner’s prayer or renounce their own faith in order to be gifted with a shoebox.  It’s a wonderful way to spread love and joy, especially for families on a limited income.  

Of course, this year we used R1’s birthday money!

If you’re interested in making a shoebox you can visit the website to find out your local drop-off location.  If you’re in Thunder Bay, drop off here between November 16-22nd:  


2 Responses to “Shoebox ”

  1. journeyformybaby November 12, 2015 at 1:10 am #

    I want to do this with Tru! A valuable lesson to teach children to be givers, not just receivers. 🙂 Thank you.

    • L.W. November 12, 2015 at 8:59 am #

      Awesome! I used to have so much fun filling up a box when I was a kid and I hope that’s something I can pass on to the kids. This is the first year they were interested in what we were doing. And the first year they understood that all the stuff in the box wasn’t for them, haha! Oh, if your kid is old enough, you can google “kids opening their shoebox for the first time” or something like that and there’s a lovely video going around of children in a school uniform opening their boxes and squealing with glee. It’s so very heartwarming and a great visual lesson for kids, as in, this box is the only Christmas present they will get this year and maybe the only present they will get ever! (You, of course, don’t need to go into info like some countries don’t celebrate Christmas and have no concept of giving gifts in December)

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