For the last few years, I’ve become aware of the Santa Shoebox Project too late to sign up or pledge boxes. This year, I’m not so out of the loop.
Wait, what is the Santa Shoebox Project?
The Santa Shoebox project aims to give 100,000 children from vulnerable social backgrounds a gift, chosen and wrapped for the individual child. Donors personally select a child when pledging opens, and put together an age-appropriate gift box for their recipient. Gift boxes must be filled according to the guidelines provided, and include necessities like toiletries as well as educational items and clothing.
My husband and I want to teach our daughters to have a heart for others so we are always looking for ways to encourage them to show love to other people. We are blessed to belong to a church that is intent on reaching out to the community. Our most recent initiative was a day when people were invited to come to the church to receive free haircuts, assistance with compiling CVs, medical care and grocery parcels.
The video below shows you what that day looked like. (The link is safe to click. I’m not spamming you.)
The need is so great, and there is so much more that we can do. The Santa Shoebox Project is one of the ways we can go beyond 67 minutes a year.
It’s one of the many ways we can bless others.
The Santa Shoebox Project is a great way to make our girls aware that not all children are as blessed as they are.
I think Angie is actually already aware of this. We drove past a man begging for money at the robots the other day, and she wanted to know what he was doing. “Who’s going to give him money?” she asked when I explained.
“I don’t know,” I said.
She replied, “Maybe you should.”
Talk about being put in your place by a five-year-old! I’ve explained to her that we don’t give money, we give packets of soup to people begging on the street and groceries to our church’s grocery ministry, but Angie wasn’t interested in hearing that we were out of soup, or that the man was already a few blocks behind us. She wanted to help him.
When pledging opens, I’m going to let Angie and Emmy each choose a recipient, a girl their own age. As we put their gift boxes together, we will pray for the girls by name.
Do you want to get involved?
Pledging opens on 1 September, but you can register as a supporter in the meantime. Simply visit the webpage and follow the prompts to register.
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Do you take part in the Santa Shoebox project or a similar project?