Do you think your kids have too much for xmas ?

The answer is probably yes. I know our 3 kids have WAY too much for christmas and they are all very fortunate to receive everything they ask for and lots more.

Shoe box full of items

For the last few years, my wife and I have been helping Operation Christmas Child through our kids local school, and we wrap up and pack  3 shoeboxes to send to this wonderful organisation, which helps bring happiness to the lives of children who are less fortunate than our own children, and to give them a glimpse of happiness at christmas.

I encourage you to watch this short 30 second clip of a child who has received one of these shoes boxes and the reaction he has to receiving it – Click here for the clip

If that doesnt bring a lump to your throat or a tear to your eye, then I don’t know what will. To see the joy on that kids face, from just receiving a shoebox full of  “christmas presents” which are items which we take for granted on a daily basis is very humbling.

But what was in this child box to make him so happy ?

Basically you get a standard size shoe box and wrap it in christmas paper, and then you fill it with items from the list below :

Toys: Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument. For boys trucks and cars, for girls dolls, clip on earrings etc.

Educational supplies: Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers etc.

Hygiene items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of soap, flannel etc.

Other items: Sweets (sell by date to be at least March of the following year), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces etc.

It doesn’t cost much and the feeling it gives you to know you have helped out people who are much less fortunate than yourselves is truly worth it, let alone the joy it brings to the child who has received it.

I am not a preacher by any means, but the point of this blog post is to show others that a small act of kindness can make so much difference to someones life for a long time.

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  2. Diane  on November 8th, 2009

    Thanks for the link – it’s something I think we should all do, and encourage our kids to take part in the preparation of the box too and picking the gifts. How such a small amount of time and effort can bring such joy is still amazing and so worth while doing.

  3. Phil Dennis  on November 8th, 2009

    Hi Frank. Yeah,we do this through our lad’s school too. It’s a damn good idea and yes, very rewarding to know you’ve made a little difference somewhere.

  4. Trevor Edwards  on November 8th, 2009

    Im going to show my two young daughters this video. They Make a shoe box every year at school. They really have no idea how lucky they are.

  5. Joe Connor  on November 12th, 2009

    Nice one Frank, we’ve always spoiled our kids at Christmas because we can and I make no apologies for that. They do also know how lucky they are and have both, through their schools, over many years made up these Christmas boxes which are a great way to share the Christmas spirit.

  6. Andrea  on November 13th, 2009

    That’s such a lovely idea, just emailed everyone I work with about it. :-)