Today was a school-wide day off for Romania. They scheduled a day so that each student could participate in a community service project. They gave lots of ideas but we ended up filling our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. We went to Target and found so many great things. I bought plastic boxes this year. I've always done regular shoe boxes but thought this way the recipient would have something more permanent to keep his treasures in.
The kids each chose to buy for a boy or girl of a certain age group. The boys picked out things like toy cars, hard candy, an etch-a-sketch, toothbrush and toothpaste, crayons and a drawing tablet. Egypt chose things for a girl between 2 and 4. She chose a stuffed zebra, some hair clips and ties, hard candy, princess stickers, a bracelet, a pink pen and drawing pad and some playdoh. After lunch we wrapped the boxes and Romania even wrote a letter to his new friend. We included paper and an envelope addressed to him in case the child wants to write back.
Go to Samaritan's Purse and find out how you can help. Either pack your own box for donation or make a donation online to help with shipping costs.