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.
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.