a simple gift
Every year, Samaritan's Purse and individuals like you and me bless children with a simple gift. A shoebox filled with small toys, gifts, treats, and necessities. If you're not familiar with the Operation Christmas Child project, I encourage you to check it out. I also challenge you to watch some of the videos of children receiving these boxes, and then not bawl like a baby. It doesn't matter how many times I watch, they get me every time.
This year, I was thinking about some of the quick and easy things that I could make to include in the shoebox I send. I love giving handmade to my friends and family, so why not for the child I send this gift to? After a look back at my blog, I've found a few ideas and suggestions. These don't take long to make, but would be appreciated, I'm sure.
Felt Friends are easy to make, and they would most certainly be loved by a child.
Puppet Mittens (perhaps with a story book?) or a Fish Puppet make for some fun times and warm hands.
Mini Books (with or without the embroidery) or Notepads (converted to a Christmas or any time design) are simple to make yourself, and kids of all ages love drawing and writing in them. You can make a bunch to share!
A Felt Friendship Bracelet lets a child wear and remember their gift long after Christmas. For a quicker version, how about a Mystery Braid?
These are just a few ideas, but whether you make something special, buy items at the dollar store, or anyplace else, remember that a simple gift will make a huge difference in the life of a child.
Are you sending an Operation Christmas Child shoebox? Do you have any ideas for handmade gifts that could be made and included before it's time to send off the boxes? Please share!
By Mollie Johanson at Wednesday, November 09, 2011