Behind the Box {OCC}

Everyone has vivid memories from their childhood. A few I will never forget is my “red circle” spot on the rug in kindergarten, riding horses with my dad when I was five, & participating in Operation Christmas Child (OCC) at my church. I can distinctly remember the feeling of taking my shoebox stuffed full of fun things for a little girl like me to the front of the church on collection Sunday. I was so proud of that shoebox & I always wondered where my new friend lived & what she looked like. Despite never knowing those details, it was still such a privilege to participate in OCC.

A few things have changed since then, I’m a little taller and I have a few more years under my belt, but I still get that same feeling knowing a child in need will receive a box of fun & useful items. That’s why this year I am so excited to partner with my friend, Hayley, in an Operation Christmas Child Blog Share. She has a big heart for this event & I am so thankful that she organized this fun link-up to make something happen for these children in need.

So, what is Operation Christmas Child?
OCC is an event sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Participants pack a shoe box (or similar size plastic box) with gender specific items ranging from small toys & stuffed animals to toiletries & socks. Read more about Samaritan’s Purse here.

To learn a little more about the heart behind this awesome event & the organization behind it, (grab a tissue) and watch the video below!

I think I want to link-up with Hayley & the blog share. What do I need to know?
Awesome! I can’t wait to share in this fun exchange with you! For ALL the details on OCC & the link-up, view this document that Hayley put together & grab the button below!! See you November 17th!

OCC Blog Share Button

I hope you decide to join us in this fun collaboration! What better way to kick off the holiday season than beginning with giving?! Make a different in someone’s life – participate in Operation Christmas Child!

Frankly my dear…One box can change a life!

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  1. Rachel
    November 6, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    MY FAVORITE! This is my favorite holiday tradition and it makes me happy to see others joining in too! Andrew and I are hoping to get ours together this weekend. Jesus is the reason for the season 🙂

  2. Claire Voss
    November 7, 2014 / 1:45 am

    I love OCC! I was JUST reading an email about our local participation! What a great idea for a link-up!

  3. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    November 7, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    I love this.

  4. Kate
    November 9, 2014 / 3:00 am

    I just did this for a service activity for a club I'm in…one of my favorites to participate in!!!