Celebrating National Adoption Day!

22 Nov

Did you know that November is National Adoption Awareness  Month?! Welp, it is!!
Adoption.com offers a fantastic amount of information, complete with suggestions for ways your family can celebrate each of the thirty days in November.
National Adoption Awareness Month leads up to November 20th, the 11th anniversary of National Adoption Day, which is defined as a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care.

To “celebrate”, our family has decided to take part of Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is run by the Salvation’s Purse. Last year they gave 8 million children shoe boxes filled with basic essentials and gifts for the each kid. Some of these kids have to share toothbrushes with their whole entire orphanage and have never owned a thing of their own. This is a great cause. One that really can change the morale of a child.

Watch this short video, it shows the impact much better than I could ever explain!

I orginally heard about Operation Christmas Child from Debi, The Jenkins’ Journey to Ethiopia Adoption. She wrote this great post about Oksana, a young woman adopted from Russia who’s life changed and she had sooo much hope, just from a lil’ shoe box filled with “goodies”. Basically, what you do is get a shoe box (making it “purty” is optional) and fill it will basic essentials (like soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) and some extra treats, like toys, school supplies, etc.

I think that this organization is doing amazing things and wanted to contribute. Originally I had plans for me and Lil’ B (my step-son) to put together a couple boxes, but he had the gotten the flu, so he ended up staying at his mom’s house this weekend. Instead, Jeremy and I took the time out this weekend to put together two boxes to donate to this great cause.

It really was a lot of fun to go through the toy aisle and pick out some great stuff for the kids. Jeremy had a blast! We definitely spent a lot of time playing with the toys, ourselves. ;o)

Jeremy and I ended up each doing a box. He did a box for a boy and I did a box for a girl.

The cool thing that OCC does is they can provide you a tracking number to put on your box and you can follow your box. How cool is it that you actually get to find out what country your box goes to.

We found a local drop off spot for the boxes at a church right in our town. They collect shoe boxes from all the local churches. They said they usually get over 3000 boxes each year! Amazing!

It really was a lot of fun and knowing that it might brighten up someone’s day makes it even better. Jeremy and I decided that we’re going to start a family tradition of participating with the awesome event every year.

A sticker for my efforts!

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One Response to “Celebrating National Adoption Day!”

  1. penga November 22, 2010 at 10:27 PM #

    ohh, i love operation christmas child! we did shoeboxes with our church this past weekend. it’s definitely a fun tradtion to start, and more importantly, a great cause!

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