How to pack a Shoebox:
- Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required. The plastic bins found at Wal-Mart or Dollar Tree work great! (Also, Lifeway Christian Bookstore has boxes right now for free for you to pick up and use. Hobby Lobby is another great place to pick up supplies since they have items clearly marked that are great for your shoeboxes.)
- Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box. (You can also pick up labels from our office!)
- Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions below).
- Include $7 Donation Per Box
Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $7 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.
- Pray. Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.
- Drop Off your shoeboxes at our office by November 19, 2015.
Gift Suggestions for your Operation Christmas Child Shoebox:
- Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
- School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
- Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
- Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
- A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
Items You Should NOT Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.