My family has made these shoe boxes and donated them every year at Christmas time for years and years. But, this year we decided to make it a service project that our homeschool community could do together. So we put out an invitations. We asked for everyone to bring 20 of the same item to go in a box, and most of us brought 20 of 2 or 3 items. (Crayons, paper, glue sticks, flip flops, wash clothes, etc. You can learn all about packing boxes HERE.) We also asked each family to bring a Chirstmasy snack to share and for everyone to come dressed in red or green. The night before the party we went in and decorated to make everything look festive. My kids made a ton of decorations, which was a lot of fun on a HOT Summer day!
The day of the party we had each child write a letter to put in the boxes. Then we sang Christmas carols, read the story of Jesus birth from the Bible, watched a couple videos about OCC, prayed for the kids who would get the boxes and then packed our boxes! I was VERY pleased that we put together 40 boxes! When all the boxes were packed we ate our wonderful treats and just enjoyed a special time seeing each other over the Summer. (Which we don't do enough of!) It was a GREAT party and it was super easy to host. The church is storing the filled boxes for us and the sweet lady that is in charge of OCC at our church even came out to help!
Here are a few pics from the day...
Kids writing their letters.
Praying for the children who will receive the boxes.
Watching the OCC video.
Singing Christmas carols.
Teens getting the boxes set up and ready to fill.
Listening to the story of Jesus birth.
Filling boxes! (The boxes themselves were donated by OCC.)
My littles filling boxes.
The whole festive gang!