Tonight we had our annual Operation Christmas Child Shopping Trip.  Which basically means that we took a group of 17 teens to Target to go Christmas shopping for Christmas presents for kids all around the world.

If you’ve never heard of it, Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide event run through Samaritan’s Purse.  People all around the world pack shoe boxes full of gifts, toiletries and school supplies for children.  These shoeboxes are brought to drop off sites and then shipped to collection centers.  From there, they are sent all over the world to bring Joy and the Love of Jesus to children who might otherwise not receive anything for Christmas.  It’s pretty awesome.

This is why every year, we gather together our teens and drive them to Target to shop for this incredible event.

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We had a fun group this year.

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Super fun.

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Once we got to Target, we sent them out to do their shopping and I have to say that they all did an amazing job.

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They had fun searching for fun items to include in their boxes.

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My favorite part was seeing how proud they were with the items that they picked out.  Each one had in mind a child who would receive their items and you could tell that it made them so proud to be able to help these children.

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Once they were done shopping, they paid for their items.

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Then we gathered them together and drove back to the church.

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There they had more fun, packing up their shoeboxes.

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Every item was lovingly placed in their box.

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Christian was pretty proud of his box and I was pretty proud as well.  He used money he had earned from mowing lawns this summer to pay for all of the items he bought.  For our family, teaching our kids to be generous is high on our list, because it helps them to see the joys and benefits of living not just for themselves, but for others.

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Inside of the boxes, our kids also included letters as well as pictures of themselves (thanks to the polaroid instax camera that we bought earlier this year for our ministries).

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And at the end of the night, we had 22 boxes for 22 kids and I couldn’t be prouder of how well everything turned out.  Eastport Bible Church is a drop off location for Suffolk County for Operation Christmas Child, so we were able to bring our boxes upstairs where they will be sorted and sent out next Sunday.  If you are local and would like to participate in this amazing event, please feel free to check out the Samaritan’s Purse website HERE.  Once you’ve put your shoebox together you can drop it off at our church which will be open all throughout the week.  A HUGE thanks to everyone who participated tonight and who will also participate this week in Operation Christmas Child.  It’s a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season!

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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