We talked about this idea for about a day before we went shopping and Troy took a few moments to get used to the idea of shopping for someone else :) But once he grasped it, he really embraced it! It helped that we were shopping for a boy 2-4 years old. Some of the things we included were matchbox cars, a toy firetruck, stretchy lizards/snakes (a Troy fav!), a basketball sweatshirt, a toothbrush/toothpaste, crayons and a Christmas book. Troy enthusiastically packed the box when we got home from shopping!
Then he said he needed to color a picture to put in there, too. Great idea, Troy!
I was one proud mama when we stopped by Meadowbrook Church to drop off our box and we stopped to pray for the little boy before we handed it over. I asked Troy if he wanted to pray and without pause, he prayed, "Jesus, I pray for the little boy with no toys. We love him. Amen."
Also a really cool feature is that you can make your $7 donation to cover shipping costs online and print off a label for your box. They'll send you an email telling you where/when your box arrives next month! How awesome is that!?