one of the traditions that we do as a family is to pack shoeboxes for samaritian's purse. this is something we have done before we had kiddos and we thought it was important for noah and his sister to realize how blessed we are as a family and nation.
today we ended up packing 22 shoe boxes for this event which was 2 more than we had planned. some might think we are crazy to do that many but it really isn't hard if you start stocking up on stuff throughout the year. when i see crayons on sale, i buy 20 boxes. when i see 50% off pencils, i buy a gross. when i see stickers on sale, i stock up. we have had a big laundry basket full of stuff in our closet just for this very event!
noah helped me out in dividing up the toys, making sure each box had some pencils and toothpaste. he is finally at the age where he gets it - i can explain to him that some kids do not have any toys and he will say "why mama?" and we can have a conversation about it.
we went out to the store tonight to look for some pencil sharpeners to put into the boxes. i told noah he could pick a toy since he was so good in helping out. when he got home, noah said to me " mama, i am going to share my toy, i have a lot of toys already" - that totally melted my heart that my son could at the age of 3 understand what it meant to be generous.
that alone made all the time we spent on this project worth it - to see noah understand what it means to share with those less fortunate than him is something i hope that stays with him the rest of his life.