5 Minutes for Making a Difference – Operation Christmas Child

by Erica

For many, taking part in Operation Christmas Child is a Christmas tradition. Many families spend an afternoon together picking out toys to fill a shoebox for a child in need. It is such a wonderful ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

A couple of years ago, I had the true pleasure of volunteering at the Operation Christmas Child processing center in Denver, Colorado. It was such a blessing to give of myself in that way.


This Christmas, as a part of 5 Minutes for Making a Difference, we wanted to ask for your help.

One of our readers, Rebecca, has a church/ministry in Mexico that was given the opportunity to participate on the receiving end of Operation Christmas Child.

Here’s where you come in – Her church ministry needs $250.00 to be able to distribute shoeboxes to the 500 children of their village and the 2 smaller villages nearby.

She has written a post on her Ministry Blog that explains the need a bit more in depth.

We understand that times are hard this Christmas. We are all feeling the pinch. There seem to be so many more in need this holiday season.

For those that are able to or called to help fill this need, we thank you.

If you just don’t have the money to spare, we thank you for taking the time to read her post, sharing it with friends and keeping the need in your prayers.

Please visit Samaritan’s Purse for more information on Operation Christmas Child.



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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Shannon December 22, 2008 at 1:58 am

Sorry to leave this comment here, but did you know that your 5 minutes for special needs site isn’t working?

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2 se7en December 22, 2008 at 2:00 am

Hi there – I recently wrote a post on this and linked to organizations around the world doing this project. You are welcome to have a look here if you are interested.

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3 se7en December 22, 2008 at 2:01 am
4 Forgetfulone December 22, 2008 at 3:43 am

My church sent Operation Christmas Child boxes. We participate every year.

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5 This Military Mama December 22, 2008 at 4:49 am

I voluntered one year at one of their processing centers too. It was such a joy seeing all these boxes be stuffed, wrapped up, and organized to be shipped off. I loved watching the piles grow. It was a joy also knowing some where in those piles were boxes I had donated and my church youth group had too.

It’s my favorite way to give back during the holidays. When my daughter is old enough to make a box and understand a little it will be a big family thing to do. Until then I will enjoy doing them my self.

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6 Jen December 23, 2008 at 9:21 am

We live in the town where Samaritans Purse is, my mom and dad both work there. They are definitely a big part of my life.

They had HUGE year this season for Operation Christmas Child despite the economy. It warmed my heart so much.

I do hope everyone will remember that Samaritans Purse is a year around operation and they are pretty much first on the scene in any natural disaster. They can all use their help throughout the year as well :).

I’m so happy your church ministry was able to receive some of the Christmas boxes this year :). May God bless each and everyone of them!!

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