Wednesday, October 31, 2012

31 Days, Day 31: A VLOG for Operation Christmas Child

Today I'm blogging about something that's really close to my heart. The bonus is that I'm not only writing about it but, at the bottom of this post, you're going to find my first ever VLOG- A video blog post.

First, I'm just going to say that making a perfect video with a 2 year old and a 3 year old is nearly impossible. Our video is real, honest and I hope that it'll inspire you to teach your kids to think of others as we enter the Christmas Season.

Operation Christmas Child is an outreach that I'm a huge believer in. By nature, we think of our needs over the needs of other people and as I'm parenting my little ones, I try to look for creative ways that we can make a difference and teach our kids that it's not all about them.

I want to teach my children to think of other's needs above their own and today I want to talk to you all about Operation Christmas Child. This year, you can help Operation Christmas Child surpass 100 Million shoe box gifts, packed and distributed since 1993.

Packing a shoe box with your kids is easy, fun and it's a perfect way to show your children that giving to others is a wonderful thing to do! The first thing that I did was show my kids the videos on the Operation Christmas Child website. These videos excited the kids and helped them understand that we'll be shopping for a child that we don't know in real life, but that we'll be part of making his Christmas extra special.

After watching the videos that explain Operation Christmas Child, the kids picked out a boy 5-9 years old to shop for.
When we went shopping for "our boy" we made it a special shopping trip, where we didn't buy anything except items for the shoe box. I know it isn't always possible to plan a special trip but, for us, it really helped the kids understand that these items are all being sent to bless this child.
Next, we decorated our shoe box with wrapping paper and loaded up the box. The kids (especially Judah, the 3 year old), have been really that a boy, in another part of the world, is going to be opening this box!. I feel like it's been a great way to teach the kids that giving to others is something that God calls us to do and we are blessed, to be able to bless others!

On the Operation Christmas Child website, you'll find simple and detailed instructions regarding what CAN and CAN NOT go into the shoe box. Also, you'll find many drop off locations near you. Shoe boxes must be packed and dropped off between November 12-19th so, you still have time!

As a parent, how are you trying to teach your children to think of other people's needs? Have you ever packed a shoe box for Operation Christmas child?
Below, please pledge that you and your family will pack a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child this season. Teach compassion, generosity and kindness. 
Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause. 
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

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