Operation Christmas Child Carnival and Contest!

Well, it’s that time of year again! October is almost over, and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas… which means presents… packed in shoeboxes… to send around the world to needy children!

Am I Right? Well, if you’ve never heard of Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, you’re in the right place! We are gathering bloggers from all over the blogosphere to share their experiences with Operation Christmas Child. Even if you’re new to OCC, you can participate this year, and share what you’re looking forward to about the project!

Every year, we go to a dollar store, or another discount store, I give the kids each a certain amount of money to purchase gifts for another child. There is something about having them go to a store, where they really want some of the items, and buy those items for someone else. And when we make it a huge family affair, it makes it more meaningful!

One year, we were in church small group with one of the Samaritan’s Purse videographers, Tracy Eakes. We had a packing party at small group one week with all the kids (we had about 20 kids in the group, no lie!) Tracy knew he was going on a trip to film the distribution of the boxes, so he made sure to take our boxes with him. He then filmed the kids getting OUR boxes that we packed, and played it for us when he got back! It was such a treat for the kids to see the fruit of their giving, and make a personal connection.

Another way to make a personal connection is to include a picture of your family and a note to the cihld who receives your box. You will get chills when you read this story by Holly Johnson, a SC mom about how OCC boxes connected them to lifelong friends accross the globe: It All Started with a Shoebox

Here’s a little video featuring Shannon Kozee from Operation Christmas Child about packing a box. You can also take a peek into the national distribution center in Boone, NC!

So we are going to have a great time sharing stories, and I can’t wait to read yours! Here is how to participate:

OCT 26-NOV 5: Write a post on your blog sharing what OCC means to you. One winner will receive a Veggie Tales DVD Prize Pack!

  • Stuffed Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato
  • Veggie Tales 25 Favorite Christmas songs CD
  • Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving DVD
  • A Little Golden Book – Saint Nicholas: A Veggie Christmas Story
  • Veggie Tales family devotional (one day sample)
  • 2 activity booklets for kids w/ VT coupon

Link your post in the Linky below, and don’t forget to link back here so others can participate! Please do not host a linky on your own site, so that all participants will be eligible to win the prize!

Your Carnival Post Could Include:

  • Extraordinary Shoe Box Story Have you ever received a letter from a child who received your shoe box and corresponded through letters?Has your church โ€œadoptedโ€ a community because of a shoe box gift?Do you have a heart for a certain country and then learned your shoe box gift was delivered there?
  • Leaders Do you lead a large group or church that packs shoe box gifts every year?Have you ever hosted or plan to host a huge packing party?
  • Passion for OCC Have you participated in the project for a number of years? \
  • Other Powerful Stories Has your community or group become closer because of this project?Do you have an amazing story about how the Operation Christmas Child project has impacted you or someone you know?
  • Your plans to pack shoeboxes this year
NOV 5: a virtual Packing Party November 5, at 1PM est on my live MomTV Webcast Show!

The Veggie Tales Winner will be announced here, but you don’t have to be present to win! You can get on your webcam with us, or you can join in the chatroom during the show! It’s always a lot of fun!


OCC Homepage
OCC Fact Sheet (PDF)
OCC Home Packing Party Guide (PDF)
YouTube Promo Video

Are you going to Join in? Leave a comment and let us know! Click here to sign up for future “Bloggers Care” email alerts!

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Full Disclosure: I do NOT receive any compensation whatsoever for this outreach.

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  1. I posted just a minute ago! I actually blogged about OCC in July! lol

    OCC is a wonderful program that I've been doing for about 10 years now I guess (a long time anyway). I love to pack these boxes and get so much fulfillment from knowing that I am providing some Christian love to someone I don't know. I've pledged to do 6 boxes this year (at a minimum) and I am also pledging to do something from the catalog (I want to do the chicks!)

    Thanks so much for doing this!!!


  2. A few years back, a friend introduced me to OCC. What a great cause! My girls and I love OCC!

    We stock pile unopened happy meal toys to fill our shoe boxes. I also take the girls to dollar store to pick some other items for their boxes. Last year, I paid on-line and we received an e-mail once the box had been delivered. My girls loved looking at the map of the world pin-pointing which country their box landed and seeing the photos of the children holding their boxes.

    I also lead a moms group and every year, we host a shoe box collection for OCC.


  3. Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    Hi. I read about your outreach on Kimba's site. My post is from last year so it may not be exactly what you wanted, but I wanted to come support your cause. Keep up the good work!


  4. Christine in Lodi says:

    This is the first year that I've been involved with OCC, my church has been doing it for 3 years now. This year I felt like I needed to get involved, so I asked to be in charge. Historically I'm more of a check writer than a asker of money, so I kind of felt out of my comfort zone. As a way to raiser money we decided to have a yard sale, a bunch of members donated their items, and the clothes we decided would be sold for $7 per grocery bag full. In any event, the saturday before the yard sale I said to a friend that I was worried that we didn't have enough stuff. Just a random comment,not meant for anything, so I publish a letter to the editor of our local paper, just as free advertisement to get the word out. It was published on a Wednesday morning, and later that morning our pastor received a phone call from a lady who wanted to donate some items. So my pastor called and explained to me about this woman who had some things to donate, and he gave me her phone number. So I called her and arranged to pick up her items that evening, she said she had a bunch of things in her garage. So, as we get ready to go over my gut tells me that I'd better take my car as well as my husband in his truck. So, we get to her home, to pick up her generous donation. BOY was I glad I took my car too, as it was, we had to go back with my husbands truck for a 3rd load! She literally donated a garage full of items!!! Because of her generosity, we managed to raise $580 for OCC. And if you think sometimes that a comment is just a comment, remember this story, because God was really listening to me that day, and really showed me how he works, even when you're not looking! This mission has not only made me realize that I am able to move outside of my comfort zone, and it has helped me build a stronger and more meaningful relationship with some of my church family.


  5. Real Life Sarah says:

    What a great story, Christine! Thanks so much for sharing!


  6. Sarah, I may just have to start a blog so I can participate in this. I have so many stories it would be hard to choose!


  7. Sarah, I may just have to start a blog so I can participate in this. I have so many stories it would be hard to choose!


  8. LueytheHuey says:

    See our shoebox story in words and photos!!!



  9. Tina Jobe says:

    Sarah, I wrote my story in a note on FB. Feel free to share it on your blog. I can send you the pics separately if you'd like. Just let me know!


  10. Hi! My name is Karen, and I found your blog via Amanda's blog (oh Amanda). I just posted a long comment over there about my history with OCC, which is an awesome ministry. I love it, and it has changed my life. I filled my first box in 1998 and have filled boxes every year since. Since that first box, I have had the opportunity to distribute boxes in Kosovo (when I was a reporter for a newspaper in Tennessee) and other places after I ended up working for Samaritan's Purse and BGEA. I now do a little volunteer work with the OCC office here in Atlanta, but we continue to fill our boxes each year. Our play room is currently a mess of shoe boxes, wrapping paper and goodies we've collected all year. :o) This outreach is the real deal! I love this blogging idea–thanks so much for doing this.


  11. P.S. Me again. OK, so I just realized where you live. I used to live there, too. I think we know a lot of the same people. Small world!


  12. LivingforGod says:

    I posted about OCC on Sunday before I knew about this contest. I just found out about this on Facebook today. I added your Blogger Care button to my post.

    Our family has been involved in this project for years now. Two years ago, I wrote a story called "Pencil with a Purpose" (http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/2009/11/pencil-with-purpose.html)
    to get people interested in the project. It's wonderful to see many bloggers now promoting OCC!


  13. ElsklingDyr says:

    I just posted. This is a great way to spread the word about OCC! I'm proud to be a part of it ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. I just linked up my post. Thanks so much for telling me about your carnival; I'm enjoying reading everyone's stories and it wouldn't hurt to win a Veggie Tales pack either! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  15. I've never even heard of this but I would love for my family to participate this year. It is such a good thing for kids to give back. Thank you so much for sharing!!


  16. yes, for what would a holiday organized for children was a success, you need a lot of things to consider. that they do not get bored, princess or clowns. all the details



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