Our family has put together Christmas shoeboxes for years. Samaritan's Purse has a ministry called Operation Christmas Child that distributes these donated shoebox gifts to children all over the world.
We were surprised to learn that our two Ukies were also recipients of these boxes. We expect the gifts to be sent overseas but I never expected to meet anyone who had received one. And here our own children had received some over the years.
This year we put two of them together, one each for a boy and a girl, and we had Valya and Sergey select the items to put in them. They remembered the things they had liked. For example, Valya's had some underwear, a little bit of makeup, jewelry, a stuffed animal and a doll. She also included a picture of herself and a letter. Sergey's had a variety of toys, personal care items, and some clothes. We paid an online donation and we got barcoded labels so now we will be able to track where our two boxes go in the world.
Whoever gets these boxes is in for a treat. Our boxes are actually boot sized and packed with things that our kids knew that they would like, from experience.
Valya poses with her box. She included a picture of herself and a note.
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