A Little Girl Like Just Me #OCCGiving

A few weeks ago I told you about Operation Christmas Child and my pledge to build a box to help them achieve their goal of 100 Million boxes since 1993. I told you my reason behind it and my wish to start this tradition with my child as I teach her kindness, compassion and giving. I sat the frog princess down to talk to her about our Christmas project and the box we were going to build.  At first, I was at a loss for what to say and wondering if she would understand. The conversation went a little something like this:

Me: There’s a little girl in another country whose parents can’t get her a present for Christmas this year.

FP: A little girl just like me? (insert awww moment and possible teary eyes here)

Me: yes baby, a little girl just like you.

FP: Mami can us help her? (insert freakishly long bear hug, kisses and teary eyes here)

Could it be that easy? My child has always had a certain compassion about her but at almost 3, I didn’t think she’d get what I was telling her. But I was wrong. Deciding to put together a box for a girl her age immediately connected her with “the little girl”. The fact that SHE was the one that suggested we help her gave her a certain ownership over the project and that was clear from the way she shopped.

We went off to the store, box in hand to make sure what we could fit everything in it. Ya’ll, I was nervous. I had no idea how she would respond to being in the toy section of a store, walking on her own and not getting anything herself. It was important for me that I not pick up anything for her during this trip so that she really understood this was for someone else.

The frog princess decided that the little girl would like purple and that she likes pink (um, yes, I think we all know that by now). To that end, she proceeded to reject dolls and toys meticulously and without discrimination. I have no idea what she was looking for, no clue as to how she was selecting the toys. Surely she wanted a doll with a purple outfit on but not just any doll. She chose a little soft baby doll with a pacifier after touching and putting others back.

Because she likes cars, she wanted to send the little girl one as well. We were not able to find a little pink car, much to her chagrin. She did compromise and was satisfied when I made the suggestion we get her a purple car instead. Crayons, toothpaste, toothbrush, coloring book. At one point she exclaimed: I need to get her a little pink ball. Sadly, we did not find one at that store but days later, while at the corner CVS, we did. And she was ecstatic!

We spent a few minutes looking at socks and she selected ones with the days of the week on them. In Spanish. She also carefully chose hair accessories for this little girl that she will most likely never meet. Fearfully, I headed to the candy section were we got a box of candy canes. I heard no whine or request for candy so, I sped off before any would come my way.

I am not sure what to say after that. Not sure how to explain how my child, who fights with her cousin about (insert whatever toy he might be playing with here) suddenly wanted nothing but to give a little girl a present. I was blown away by it. And reminded that it’s never too early to start. I was also reminded to not underestimate children.  When I told her that this little girl had no toys and no games to play with, she immediately connected with that. When I mentioned that her parents couldn’t get anything at the store for her, it was like she understood the concept.

This will definitely be a tradition of ours. It is my hope that next year I am in a better financial situation and able to donate more than just one box.

Supplies

During the week of November 12th, these shoeboxes are being collected in communities all around the country. To find out more about where you can go in your area, please click here. Don’t forget you can also build-a-box right from your internet browser and even gift a box for a friend or relative so that they can know the golden rule of giving this Christmas season.

Frog Princess_Box

My thoughts for the adults on this: imagine if you were the parent of that little girl. Because she has a mother that’s probably just like me and wants nothing but the best for her child. How about we help the mothers around the world that are just like us by giving their children a gift they are not able to provide on their own this year?

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built.  Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

Operation Christmas Child

How do you teach your child about giving? I told you guys a while back about one of my strongest memories of giving when my mami had us hand out pennies after traveling to Dominican Republic. In this video, I share a little about how a stranger impacted my mom’s life with a simple gift and how now, the frog princess and I will do the same thanks to The Blog Frog and Operation Christmas Child. Better still? You can too! The frog princess and I built a box online and will be heading to the store to pick up items to build one at home as well so that she can physically touch the items that another child will end up playing with. I really want her to grasp this concept and look forward to this being the first of many giving projects that we participate in together.

http://youtu.be/HkLgPkO8NjM

National collection week will be November 12 – 19. This week Samaritan’s Purse is having a virtual packing party October 22 – 26 and you can join them on Facebook! I hope that you will join us in this great project of love. Here’s some helpful information to keep in mind:

  1. Pack a box! Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. If you belong to a church a lot of them are participating in this program and handing out these cool little boxes: OCC_FP
  2. Are you packing a gift for a boy or a girl? Also, what’s the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14? You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get a special label to learn the destination of you shoe box gift.
  3. Fill the box with a variety of gifts such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here.
  4. Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our Follow Your Box option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.
  5. Drop Off. Click here to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012.

I love that we will be able to track our box. Even better? I love that not only can you build-a-box, you can gift a box. Basically you can purchase a box in someone’s name and they will receive an email so that they can select the items that go in the box for a child. How cool is that and talk about the gift of giving. Now you know what you can get me for Christmas! Will you take the pledge to make ONE box for a needy child?

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built.  Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.