Crafty inconsequential randomness in all its glory
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I was in charge of some activities for our church's small Youth & Family group this holiday season. One activity we encouraged the families to do was Operation Christmas Child. I had done this a few years ago with a group of girlfriends. But I figured the kids were old enough to appreciate the spirit of this activity and to actually pack the boxes with their own hands. So we hit a few inexpensive stores, but we also raided our craft supplies and that large box of random presents, games, and small items that we seem to always accumulate.
Hot Rod packed like a champion:
Lil' Mermaid packed slowwwwwly:
And Peelu packed like the maniac she is - with enthusiasm:
The kids had a great time picking out their shoebox items as well as packing them up themselves. (Okay, Peelu had a little help in that department!) Our youth group had watched the videos on the web site and while we were packing, as a family, we talked more about what it might feel like to be some of the kids that will receive our boxes. I was very humbled by what my children said and how empathetic they were. I hope someday, as a family, we can take a mission type trip and see first hand how even a little can help those who have so much less than we do.
And as you can see, some other families from church participated as well. It was a simple family activity that had so many teachable moments in it.
Wife to a VERY understanding man (even if he does roll his eyes and duck back into his garage way too much); mother to three maniacs,crafter, professional volunteer, crazed maniac in her own right...yep, that about covers it for now.
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