Thursday, November 7, 2013

We Packed Our Shoebox

Each year we pack a shoebox to ship to a child overseas that wouldn't otherwise receive anything special for Christmas.  You can find out more about this through the organization Samaritan's Purse.
 I look for little items all year round that might be just right to send to a child.  I like to pick a girl each year, since I normally do all my shopping for little boys. 
But you know what happened this year?  My boys complained.  Did they complain about sending toys to another child?  Oh no.  Not at all.  They complained that we were sending toys to a girl.  They wanted to shop for a boy!  I guess my girl shopping days are over.  Either that - or next year we are just going to have to do two boxes!

How about you, readers?  Do you like to shop for disadvantaged children over the holidays? 

33 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

The boys will really get into shopping for a boy, I can remember doing that when I was a kid. I can't remember where we sent the toy, I think it was somewhere in the US, probably Appalachia.

Jessica Forrestt said...

Thanks for sharing I am going to look into doing this! Usually we gift a gift through our church during the holidays but this seems like a great program to reach children whom really need it!!

Terri Buster said...

I've done this in the past and it is so much fun shopping for little ones..trying to find toys that will fit in the box..Samaritan's Purse is a very worthwhile project!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

We do shop for children but we have a tree where you pick a mitten and buy a gift for those in our community.

Maggid said...

I vote for two boxes . . and hope your boys begin to think about their mystery friend all year long.

yeppers, I look for ways to gift -

Golly, I'm glad to know you . . .

Renegades said...

What a giving idea.

Loretta Thomas said...

This is such a lovely idea! I laughed when I read about the boys preference. I'm happy to be back for now let's just hope I can make it! I'm in my woe frame now...LOL! Thanks for visiting good hearing from you!
Hugs!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, your funny boys! can't give you one pleasure! :)

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! said...

I love this! I think it's something we need to do this year!

Lynn said...

I don't actually but do fill the trollies that run the charity runs..and knit smaller items and scarves all year long to give to a friend who dispenses the items. I like this shoebox idea a lot though.

Sandra Morris said...

:) Boys....

I like shopping for girls!

Nancy Claeys said...

I think it's awesome that you are doing this and that the boys are learning about giving of themselves at their early age. Wonderful!

Monkeywrangler said...

We usually support the USMC Toys for Tots campaign.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Such a good thing to do, and good for the boys to see you do, Lisa. :-) Our church usually participates in this. I need to do it this year, or take an angel from the tree at the library. I like shopping for children. That's so funny that the boys didn't want to shop for a girl. :-)

Gail Dixon said...

One time I picked one of those angels off our church tree and the item was something extremely difficult to find. Maybe I'll try this. Certainly is a worthy cause. :)

Harry Flashman said...

Here they put a Christmas tree in Walmart. On the branches are little cut out construction paper stars, each with "boy" or "girl" written on them. You pick an ornament off, then you buy toys from Walmart (it's not entirely altruistic) and the toys get delivered to the school for distribution. The Sheriff's Department runs it. For myself, I always contribute to the Marine's Toys for Tots campaign.

alissa apel said...

That's really cool! I'll have to look into doing that.

mail4rosey said...

Always, yes! We take brand new coats to the domestic violence shelter too because I know those moms leave home in a hurry sometimes.

I love the shoe box idea!!

Ginny said...

Our church has never participated in this, but our family dos it every year. Anne Marie loves doing the shopping. You really did good this year! Well, looks like you will just have to do a boy next year, change it up for once. It will give the boys a real kick!

CountryDew said...

I always love to give to the Marines Toys for Tots drive and have fun looking for items for that. I usually give books along with a toy or two because I believe in reading.

Valerie Boersma said...

Every year we get the name of a local child, and shop for them-and I've also helped out through Samaritan's Purse-an excellent organization!

I owe you a convo, and more comments too, but family is coming today for a short visit and then Amy has another college interview in Oregon. I'm going to get caught up soon, I promise, because I miss my friends:)

Your boys are so cute!! xx

Chatty Crone said...

I have seen this and know a lot of people who do it - I think having boys - shopping for a girl would be fun.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I saw the picture that is was for a girl and I thought "oh I bet the boys had fun shopping for a girl" but I guess I was wrong! I sent a donation for boxes this year.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

We always send off 3 boy shoeboxes, buy livestock for family via Heifer International and cut a hefty check to our local Salvation Army. I figured it out last year, we spend as much on charitable giving as we do on actual gifts for people, including the Santa presents.

SweetMarie said...

We always buy gifts to place under the trees at Chick-fil-A. My son has done this all his life. :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That is such a sweet thing to do. I love how you teach your boys to help out others!

Linda said...

This is a nice idea in the spirit of Christmas. I've never filled a box with gifts but I've drawn a name and gotten a gift for that child.

Ercotravels said...

Beautiful collection of the toys! sounds like as a little stall.

Enie Dub said...

We have a giving tree in our shopping centre. You take a card with an age and boy/girl marked on it. I do love giving at Christmas.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so wonderful....and your boys are too funny. {Girls=ICK}
We give every year to kids in need....and I try to also give to seniors in need. Giving is definitely better than receiving.

camp and cottage living said...

Lisa
I bet the boys would be great shoppers for the boy box!
We use to do Samaritan Purse gift boxes also when our children at home.

Angela said...

That reminds me I need to get to packing, packing, packing! I usually pack 3 shoeboxes every year. I buy things on clearance throughout the year and I have some leftovers from years past because if I find a really good deal I'll buy 10 or more if the price is right. I like to put in a few post cards that showcase West Virginia! :) One year I actually got a sweet letter from the family who received one of our boxes! I was going to say it is smart of you to buy for a girl that way the boys won't want what you bought! lol I guess I'll be packing my boxes tomorrow!

Michaela said...

I've actually never shopped for someone else during holidays, but I make sure I do my good deeds throughout the year. But not a bad idea, so I might look into that!