Though the choices of items to pack are endless, there are four important items that should be included in each shoebox.
- School supplies. These supplies, such as notebooks, pens, and pencils, will be vital to many children getting an education. Without these supplies some children are not permitted to attend a school.
- Personal items. Also packed in the shoeboxes are many personal items like a toothbrush or a comb. Some of these items will be shared with other family members and will become a treasure to their personal hygiene.
- “Wow” item. This is the item that the children will be so thrilled to get when they open the boxes. This might be a special toy or a pair of shoes—it will be different for each child.
- The gospel. The best part of all is knowing that our shoeboxes will share the wonderful news of Jesus Christ to children whose lives will be changed. Being a part of sharing the gospel to the most remote places of the world brings so much joy to the giver.
These boxes will bring everything from a big smile to screams of excitement and even tears of joy. It is so fun to pick out special items and pray for children we don’t even know and will never meet.
In 2015 AiG sent 309 shoeboxes to the drop off location. This year we have a goal of 500! We will be collecting shoeboxes on Wednesday, November 16 – Friday, November 18. If you wish to pack a shoebox and don’t have a location to drop it off here in Northern Kentucky, feel free to bring it by the Creation Museum before noon on Friday. How exciting it is to know that by receiving a shoebox not only will a child be touched with the truth of God’s Word, but in most cases their entire family will also receive that same gospel and many blessings.
Thank you to Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child for the hard work and the organization that makes this happen, and for allowing us to be a part of the big picture in a small but significant way.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.