Sunday, December 1, 2013

Operation Christmas Child

Hola everyone!

operation christmas child

For the first time, last week we were honored to be part of Operation Christmas Child.  We just found out about this beautiful effort of Samaritan's Purse and inmediately joined Operation Christmas Child Puerto Rico and began filling out our shoe boxes.

For those of you that don't know what this is, it is an effort that sends thousands of shoe boxes filled with gifts to children all over the world who don't get to have Christmas.  You get to pick a girl or a boy from different age ranges, and fill out you box with gifts according to their age.  This year, our first year, we selected 2 girls and 1 boy ages 10-14.  

Along with your box, you should enclose $7 to cover shipping expenses.  Where else can you fill a child with happiness for $7?  I can't even get lunch for that amount!  

After my initial excitement, I inmediately began researching what I should place in my boxes.  I found out that each box should contain the following:  something to wear, something for school, something to hug, something for hygene and something to play.  So, I brought out my sewing machine and came up with these for the "something to hug" for the girls boxes:

hand made felt owls
Handmade felt owls
I then filled the boxes with flashlights, soaps, shampoo/conditioner, lotion, t-shirts, school supplies (pencils, crayons, sharpeners, erasers), washcloths, toys (dolls, cars, balls), stickers, puzzles... And most of them had 2 of each, so they could share or save them for later. 

operation christmas child puerto rico
Our boxes
It was not expensive nor complicated to fill out the boxes.  I basically hit my dollar store and my stash of school supplies and hotel mini toiletries.  Next year, I plan to use plastic shoeboxes, as I just found out the family can use it to carry water or to store food.  

Unfortunately the collection period has finished, but... you can build a shoebox online!  Just click here to begin creating your box and fill a child with joy this Christmas!  

Check out this story about how a shoebox changes lives:


  1. These are sooo cute I love owls, and what a great way to spead happiness, thank you for sharing them with us over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge,
    Suzy B

  2. Very nice cause! I love your owls what a wonderful handmade gift that the child will love! Thank you for joining us at Hugs Kelly

  3. Very nice of you to participate in this! Cute owls also! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls Challenges! Angie-DT

  4. These will be well loved and treasured - beautiful crafting - thanks for sharing this for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 5: anything goes - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  5. Very talented. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge. Monica (DT)

  6. Lovely project. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Girls this fortnight xx

  7. Thank you for your comments. We loved doing this project and plan to do 12 boxes for next Christmas! I will post as we go along.

  8. What you did was amazing. Super generous of you!!! I know about this cause (we have it in my country around Christmas) and I hope this year I can join too (last year I was too late :S). I'm sure everybody loved what you put in the box. I mean, seriously, is there any girl who wouldn't go all "awwwww" when she saw the sweet owls you made? I don't think so!! You truly are one very generous person and I think what you are doing is amazing.
    Thank you for entering our challenge at Crafty ribbons - it gave me the opportunity to find your blog. :) Hope to see you playing with us again
    Hugs! xx

    1. Thank you for your comment! It was our first time and we enjoyed it so much! It was very beautiful and emotional for me. I can't wait to do it again! xoxo

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  10. Those wanting to send a little love and joy to children in need around the world in a unique way still have time.
    Operation Christmas Child’s National Shoe box Collection week begins Monday to Dec. 13 to get a box processed and sent to a child this year. Greetings Beloved once in Jesus! We are here to ask you a favor for the children not in form of money but in form of help; can you please for the sake of children's smile? Please feel free to advice, support & help us: We together will see the 2014 smiles of the children by starting of New Year. Welcome to see the India which needs God’s Grace.
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    Greetings in Jesus Loving Name!

    My name is Kishore. Rayapudi, form Andhra Pradesh, South India. I would like to introduce my self to you.

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    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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    Thanking you,

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