Operation Christmas Child Party 2012

This box came in the mail this week! I’m so excited. Do you know why?


Wait? What does Operation Christmas Child have to do with my birthday you say? If you’ve been around the House of Hills for a few years, then you know.


Two years ago, I began participating in the 30 Day Give during the month of November. I wanted to do something special for my birthday, and since National Collection Week for OCC is always right after my birthday, I thought, “That’s perfect!”

In 2010, we had the party at our temporary house. We packed 89 boxes that day! It was so much fun!

In 2011, for my 40th birthday, our goal was to hit 120 boxes… 3 for every year of my life. We almost made it. We dropped off 110 boxes. I was so pleased.

This year, we’re changing it up and doing the party a bit earlier, on November 6th. Yes, that’s election day. And, because of schools being polling places, there is no school for the kids. I thought “Why not give the kids something to do!” We’re having it at my house this year. Sweet Hubby is taking the day off to help, and we’re going to use every inch of our tiny space.

If you’re a local friend, you’ve probably been invited to my OCC Birthday Party Facebook page. If not and you want to be, let me know!

Here’s what I’m providing this year at my OCC party:

  • The box
  • Bouncy balls
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Wash cloths
  • Crayons
  • Stickers
  • Candy
  • Miscellaneous extras
  • Snacks and drinks

Here’s what you need to bring to the OCC party:

  • Age specific toys
  • Age specific clothing (optional)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Bar of soap double baggied
  • $7 cash or check per box (have to put in each box) – or you can print labels to track your box online before you come by visiting here.

For more information about what to pack in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox, visit Samaritan’s Purse.

This party has become one of my favorite days of the years. I can’t wait to have fun with all my friends. My goal this year is to do another 100 boxes (that’s all I’ve got to pack). I think we can do it!

Update: I started an Operation Christmas Child Pinboard to help you get ideas!

Do you pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child? Do you give in a different way?


If you are coming to the party and want to help victims of Superstorm Sandy, please bring:

  • Feminine products
  • Bottles
  • First Aid Kits
  • Cough Drops
  • Cough Medicine

I will box up everything contributed and pay for the shipping to get it to those who need it. I’m getting an address from this blogger who is in the thick of it.

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