I’m really proud to be writing this post. Whilst it’s something I did every year at school, I did that because it was obligatory, but this year I did it genuinely because I thought about it, I wanted to, and even better…I actually did it? We get so many nice ideas of things to do for charity or for other people, but thinking about doing it and actually doing it are totally different, with one being way easier than the other.
I wanted to do a shoebox this year because I thought about how lucky I am for everything I’ve received in previous years and I was reminded when someone shared a video of children of the shoebox (WORD) receiving their boxes. The genuine joy on their faces from receiving what we see as basic commodities/necessities; I think I could watch the video over and over and still always fail to not get a teary eye…here’s the video I’m talking about. A lot of these children have no homes, no families, and have never received a gift in their lives. I just thought there was no way I could go through the christmas period, gifting and receiving gifts myself, without giving something to someone who deserves it more than anyone.
It was so easy to do and you’re given loads of ideas of what to put in it…whilst being given loads of freedom to put your own personal touch on it and have control over the specific things you put in it. You also get to choose who you do it for. I wanted to do it for the age/sex bracket that I thought would be likely to receive the least amount of shoeboxes. I went with the 2-4 year old girl option, packing in things such as soap, a sticker book, a cuddly bear and a reusable plastic cup…but you can get a good old look at my box in the photos for some ideas.
I genuinely just spent a couple of hours doing this shoebox from start to finish, we all have 2 hours to spare, and this would most certainly take a lot less time if you didn’t spend 30 minutes wrestling with wrapping paper and a shoebox. I went into town after work and got up a list of what to put in the box; they have a few different sections and I got a couple from each list. It was so much fun shopping with a little girl in mind, I absolutely can’t wait for her to receive it (whoever she may be). The whole box won’t have cost me more than £20, and that’s including the necessary £5 donation to cover the delivery costs. You could definitely cut the costs even further, but think about it, £20 pounds is what? A two course meal for one person? An off peak one way train ticket? We spend £20 here and there all the time. Why not just cut back on your spending by £20 one week and put it to good use…you’ll make a child feel special this christmas.
It couldn’t be easier to do your own, here’s a step by step for you to follow
Here’s a list of what I personally included inside of mine;
- Toothbrush holder
- Colouring activity book
- Sticker activity book
- Coloured pens
- Headband and hair grips
- Reusable cup
- Plush teddy bear
After showing Mat my box and speaking to him about how amazing it’s made me feel, he’s agreed to do one too…AMAZING. That’s another child receiving a gift this year.
Do you have a spare couple of hours?
Can you afford to buy a few bits such as a toothbrush, a bar of soap, a slinky, a notebook? Why not by them for a child around the world?
What’s even better is that if you don’t have a spare couple of hours…but do have a spare £20, you can pay to send a pre-packed christmas box for a child…amazing! You can do that through this link here.
I would be absolutely ecstatic if any of my readers took part in operation christmas child 2018. I am obviously so happy to help anyone with ideas or with the packing of their box (although I was hopeless at wrapping the box so maybe don’t ask me to do that part).
That’s it for me today, I’ll be posting my box tomorrow!