This year our family is participating in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is operated by Samaritan's Purse. "Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world."
If you are not familiar with OCC, visit the website. But, in a nutshell, people-like you and me, fill a shoebox with the contents directed for either a girl or a boy. Then you pay $7 for the shipping of the box. The box and its contents are then matched up to a boy or girl who is the right size and age for your contents. Worldwide, children receive these boxes at Christmas time, along with a book about Jesus and God's love. OCC directs you with suggestions as far as what to pack and what not to pack in the box.
All around the USA there are locations where you can take your packed box. The website will direct you to the nearest location after you enter your zip code. Boxes need to be at the pickup locations by November 19 to ensure delivery for Christmas this year. However, you can send boxes at anytime through out the year for the following Christmas.