Pack A Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

 

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Every year, Samaritan’s Purse collects and distributes shoeboxes full of gifts to children around the world in a program called Operation Christmas Child.  It is an easy opportunity to share love.  Love.  That is what I want to teach my kids.  Along with generosity, gratitude, joy, patience….but mostly love.  You don’t have to have kids to pack a shoebox and you can pack as few or as many as you like.

How to pack:

1.)  Get a shoebox.  It can be a cardboard one from your latest sneakers, one provided from a church or it can be a shoebox sized plastic tub.  I like buying the tubs for $1 at the Dollar Tree.  That way the child has a sturdier spot to store their new treasures.

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2.)  Decide whether your gift will be for a Boy or Girl and in what age category your gifts fit under: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14.  Print off label HERE.  Mark appropriate category and tape to the top of the box.  Gift wrapping the box is optional.  If you choose to do this, wrap base and lid separately and tape Boy/Girl tag on top.

3.)  Time to shop and fill that box with gifts!  Suggested Gifts include:  Socks, toothbrush, bar soap, hats, shirts, hair accessories (bows, headbands, clips, brushes, combs), balls, dolls, cars, jump ropes, stuffed animals, instruments, school supply items: pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, etc. If you send anything that needs batteries, please also send extra batteries.  If you send a deflated ball, please include a pump.

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This is where my kids really get involved.  I explain what we’re doing and they help me shop.  They knows that they’re not shopping for themselves (which is hard and they still ask for things), but love being able to buy things for someone else too.  We went to the Dollar Tree first to get some basic items (notebook, crayons, toothbrushes) and then added in some more quality items from another store (hat, shirt, doll, cars, purse).

  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; candy, chocolate or food; toothpaste, liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
  • YOU MAY (& SHOULD) INCLUDE:  A personal card or note and a picture with your address.  Child may be able to write back.

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4.)  Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $9 (that’s cheap!) for each gift you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your box. Or, you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation. Note: Follow Your Box is only available through online giving.

5.)  Put a rubber band around each box to help hold the lid down/on.  Find a drop of location near you: HERE or call 1-800-353-5949.  Make sure to drop off your box during National Collection Week, November 13–20st, 2017.  Don’t let these dates slip you by!

 

If you don’t have time for this, another option is to build a virtual shoebox online to send.  It is $25 and lets you choose what goes into your box from their pre-determined options.  It doesn’t get any easier than this!  So what are you waiting for?  Let’s spread some Good News and Great Joy!

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg my princess and I just did this yesterday too!! We made a girl and a boy box. Her preschool, which is in a church, had flyers last week so we made two and brought them in to get sent 🙂 it was fun…. thinking we are going to make it a yearly tradition 🙂

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    1. Breetalks says:

      We do it every year too! It’s fun and my daughter always remembers sending the gifts to other kids and asks about them. Glad you were able to participate this year!

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  2. This is such a lovely thing to do. I can’t wait to start putting these together when my kiddo is of age. Thank you for your kindness. I’m sure these children will be so happy with their gifts.

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  3. andrea says:

    We love doing this charity. This year our teenage son will be working in their Charlotte, NC warehouse to help with packing all those shoe boxes.

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    1. Breetalks says:

      That’s sounds like such a cool opportunity! Tell him thanks for us!

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  4. Erin says:

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      It is such a fun tradition!

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  5. Terri says:

    we love packing shoe boxes, it is something I started doing with my daughter when she was in kindergarten, we look forward to it so much.

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Thanks for participating! I’m sure your daughter will love this tradition and maybe even pass it on to kids of her own someday!

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  6. Such a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      No problem! I hope you will participate!

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  7. Sue Parke says:

    I love this. We always do something whether it’s Toys for Tots or something through our town. I’m definitely looking into this!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Great! Toys for Tots, Angel Trees, Coats for the Homeless….there are a lot of great programs out there!

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  8. Kimberly F says:

    This is wonderful! I think this will be perfect to do with my 5 year old son. I checked the website and was happy to find there is a drop off very close by!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Yay! Have fun! I hope it becomes a fun family tradition for you!

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  9. I remember doing this with my parents one year! I hope to do it with my son this year, to pass on the tradition of giving! OCC is such a great cause!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Thanks for sharing!

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  10. breetalks says:

    Reblogged this on .

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