Children LOVE to get a photo and a letter in their Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.  It is the personal connection that makes the gift much more special.

I’ve often included my address – but the McCarty Family included their email address.  AND they received an email back!


Danielle is the Area Coordinator for Suffolk County, NY


I’m Gerlad Barola Jr.,  10 years old, a Grade Five pupil of Donsol East Central School, Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines.   The Whaleshark capital of the world.   I just received the gift you sent to us.   Thank you very much.   I am very happy and amazed of the items inside the box, especially the soccer ball.   I really love playing soccer, and I’m pretty much sure to use this coming summer.   Thank you very much.   Can I here from you also soon.   And may the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your family always.   Lots of Love.

This was so exciting to get – not only because it was wonderful to hear from the child who received their gift – but The McCarty family packs a soccer ball into each and every one of their shoebox gifts.  So it was an extra special encouragement to see that this child loves soccer!

Many times a child can’t afford a stamp, or they are hours away from the nearest roads without any postal service at all -

yet a local person might have internet, or they might wait until a visitor has a smart phone – and they can write an email.

Have you included your email address on your letter?

You don’t even have to use your main email – you could start a special email just for your shoebox correspondence over at Yahoo!

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4 Responses to Including a Letter – Add Your Email Address!

  1. Anne Lambert says:

    Sounds like a good idea. I once had a teacher that wrote ma and gave me her email.

  2. Gina H. says:

    Just a few weeks ago the mother of a little girl in the Philippines, who received my shoebox, found me on facebook. I had included a letter & picture in my box. I was surprised & very happy to hear from her. She sent pics of her daughter with the shoebox. It was great!

  3. Valerie says:

    I’ve actually been considering putting my email address on the letters that will go inside this year’s boxes. I didn’t know if it might be weird though, since I know many don’t have internet access. But I’ve seen a couple of these types of stories, so including it has crossed my mind…

    • Mary says:

      Ik, I initially thought it very strange as well – but it seems that internet access might be available in places around the world where possibly regular mail is not! And while they personally might be very poor, there may be “internet cafes” nearby. My daughter is currently in India and while she is working in a poor community, she was able to visit an internet cafe to write to me.

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