The Birthday Gift… {aka an Operation Christmas Child tradition}

Every year, we pack Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for my Mama’s birthday.

{You can read about past years here. I would highly recommend it, because Adelaide is absolutely adorable packing her first shoeboxes with her Mema.}

Eighteen years ago, I packed my first shoebox with my mom. This year, my mom had the honor of helping Elizabeth Mae pack her very first box!


Just my opinion, but I think that was a pretty awesome 50th birthday present.

The Ballews are sending 10 boxes this year. We will Follow Our Boxes by paying the $7 per box shipping donation online and receiving a tracking number on our label. When our boxes are delivered, we will get an email telling us which country received them!

Happy Birthday, Mama!

PS: You still have plenty of time to pack your very own OCC shoebox gifts! Pack a shoebox and drop it off at your closest location during National Collection Week: November 18th-25th!

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6 thoughts on “The Birthday Gift… {aka an Operation Christmas Child tradition}

  1. […] Remember how we pack Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts in honor of my Mama’s birthday? {You can read about it here and here…} […]


  2. Hi, I’m the blog editor for Samaritan’s Purse, and I think this is an awesome blog. Do you think your mother would be interested in writing a blog about why she chose to do shoeboxes for her birthday? Or, if not, I would also be interested in using this one or one similar. Please send me an email at if either of you are interested in writing for us. Thanks!


  3. ohAmanda says:

    I LOVE THIS. That’s what I want to do for my 50th birthday!


  4. […] year, my kiddos pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes with my mom. Mema loves shoeboxes! Instead of gifts on her birthday, she wants to pack gifts for children all over the world. […]


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