Is it Better to Give than to Receive?

Guest Writer Vicki Vallee

Items for Shoe box
Items for Shoe box

Every year my husband, Dave, and I each pack a shoe box for children in poverty. Usually, I will choose a female and Dave a male. There is is also a range of ages to select from (ages 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14.) Next step is to head to the dollar store. The challenge is to fit as many items as possible into a standard size shoe box.

The reason that this is such a challenge is that Dave and I want to fill the box full. Actually we want to put more in the box than it could ever possibly hold. It isn’t that we want our “children” to have lots of things or stuff. What we want is to fill a box full of LOVE! In this case, we are showing our love through school supplies, hygiene items and toys.

Our shopping trip and shoe box assembling time is very emotional for us. Although we are giving away the box, we are receiving gifts too. Dave and I realize how much that we have so many reasons to be thankful.  We live in Canada, a country at peace and filled with abundance. Another gift to us as senders of shoe boxes, is that we get a personal way to share our abundance. By selecting the items and packing the box we invest our heart and emotions.

 Operation Christmas Child boxes
Operation Christmas Child boxes

Let me tell you more about the shoe boxes. The program is called Operation Chirstmas Child and it is run by an organization called Samaritan’s Purse. Filled shoe boxes are dropped off at collection sites, inspected at a processing centre, shipped overseas and given to a child in need at an event. Every child at the event “…receives a shoe box as an unconditional gift regardless of race, religion or gender (The Journey of a Shoe Box,

To find out more about Operation Christmas Child check out the website at

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