UpdateInternational_WM-31The Operation Christmas Child packing team at Red Bank Baptist Church is packing a spoon in every one of their shoeboxes — – what a great idea! They shared this resource:


“For less than $30, you can order 17 dozen (204) spoons (with shipping).  That is $.15 each. 17 seems to be the magic number.  After that, shipping goes up.”

I often include plates, bowls and cups – but they’ve got me thinking about including spoons!

They are just such a little thing, they don’t take up much room, but might be a nice addition.


childrens shelter

There is such a fun internet activity called “ThrowBack Thursday” where you post old photos. #TBT

I found this one  taken at a children’s shelter in Belarus in 2009.   I LOVE these ‪‎puppets‬!  And so do these boys!

These ‪Operation Christmas Child‬ shoebox gifts were delivered from the United Kingdom.

Their website has a great resource page with knitted craft instructions.


(Each sending country has a different set of rules and regulations – the UK cannot send homemade stuffed animals, but can send puppets since they are not “stuffed”.)


Operation Christmas Child has just released it’s new 2014 promotional video!!

My local Collection Center (I’m privileged to be the volunteer Network Coordinator) and its Pastor are featured at the 6:53 mark!

It’s Called:  GOOD NEWS.  GREAT JOY.  2014

(Click the link above if you cannot view the video on the post)


OCC distribution ecuador 2010cKids LOVE to get photos from us – It’s great to include one with your letter in your Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift!

SNAPFISH is having a wonderful promotion:

FREE PHOTO prints for a year from SNAPFISH!

You get 100 FREE photo prints each month for a year when you download the new SNAPFISH Mobile App:
iPhone and iPad:

DETAILS: I downloaded the app, and made an account. The free photo deal did not post until the following day when I opened the app again (I used the IPad version)
Shipping is always better if you choose 99 or less – $5.89 plus tax. Seems to jump at the 100 prints mark to about $7.


Small Toys

Here’s a new resource I just found for small filler items for my Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts:  SmallToys.com

The prices seem reasonable, AND they are rated highly on “Shopper Approved“.

Sign up HERE for email coupons – immediately I got one for 10% off my order!

Standard flat rate Shipping is $6.99 for orders up to $59 – with FREE Shipping on orders $59 and over.

There isn’t the huge selection of Oriental Trading, and there are no reviews listed on the website of each item.  But there is a guarantee of satisfaction.

Here are a few items I found:

S08530-2Lip Siren Whistle – measures 2 3/4 inches long. 99 cents for pack of 12.

S03040-2Smile Balls – 12 per pack – 3/4 inch size, 99 cents.

F16090-2Official Size and Weight Baseball - $1.50 each

Info About Novelty House Inc and Small Toys:
Novelty House was founded in 1951. Thirty years later, Novelty House incorporated in July of 1981. Since then Novelty House has expanded its service nationwide by publishing SmallToys.com in March of 1999 and JackpotBingoSupplies.com in June of 2006.
Novelty House is a family owned and operated business. Our young adult children are now active in our business and represent our third generation. Novelty House has changed and grown with each generation.
Today’s corporation sells over 1000 novelty toys for kids, carnival game supplies, carnival prizes, kids party favors, and holiday items. Our sources include both domestic and foreign manufacturers.
None of our toys have been recalled. All of our toys have been tested and meet or exceed Federal Safety standards.
Novelty House is proud of its past and present success. We would be happy to have an opportunity to hear your ideas and suggestions.


Staples April15

40% off on 1 item, PLUS 3 FREE ITEMS!!

  • Crayola 8 pk, $4.99 with $4.99 Easy Rebate
  • Bic 6 pk mechanical pencils, $4.49-$2.99 instant savings and $1.50 Easy Rebate
  • Staples 1 Ream of Paper, $7.99 – $3.99 coupon and $4 Easy Rebate



toys r us carsHot Wheels or some sort of a car is almost a “MUST HAVE” item for a boy’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift!! Every little boy loves them! (And big boys too!!!)

boy with car

There are several deals this week:


This deal should be all over the country!! (The next 2 might be regional deals only.)

ALL Hot Wheels & Matchbox 5-pks.
Sale $2.99 ea. Valid 4/13 – 4/19, Limit 4 items per customer
60 cents each for Hot Wheels cars
(RED HOT DEAL items cannot be combined with any other offer, except gift with purchase offers.)
Thx to Dori for this scoop!!


This is a “Regional” deal and might not be available in your area – check!

Sale $2.99 for 5 pack of Hot Wheels. 

Also 60 cents each – BUT if you buy a $25 gift card, you get a free $5 card plus 2000 points.  Perfect if you want to purchase several sets!!! OR this is a wonderful way to incorporate OCC shoebox shopping into your family’s budget – Buy the gift card and purchase items for your family (just like regular money) but then use the FREE $5 to purchase shoebox items!!!


“Regional” deal – Hot Wheels single packs 79 cents -

Use $3 off $15 Coupon – GOOD FROM – 4/13-4/19






Starting this Sunday (4/13) you can get a free 4×6 photo book from CVS!



You can include pictures of your family, your pets!

OR just a storybook of your hometown!

OR maybe lovely pictures from Google Images – pictures of animals/birds/smiling faces!

OR with www.PicMonkey.com - you could add TEXT to each picture — tell a real story!

Photo Book 4×6 (20 pages) $4.99
Earn $4.99 ECB (limit 1)
Final Price: FREE

This product is available for free same day in-store pickup.  Now might be a good time to plan your book and download your photos to CVS.com.  Just be sure to wait and place your order on or after Sunday.

What a special and very personal item to include in your Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift!


It takes quite a lot of shopping to get the soap for large packing parties!  Here is a possible resource to have it shipped to you!

10012075_722583951096345_5366937130004884840_oContact them for shipping costs – they will vary greatly throughout the country.  Check the shipping/piece price/size – and decide for your group if this will be a good deal.  Soap comes without packaging – but we bag our soap anyway!



Dover Stickers sheets 80% off – most now around 40 cents each!

Take an additional 25% off a purchase of only $40 or more when you use Coupon Code JUMP25 at checkout.

Through Monday, April 14, 2014.

FREE Shipping at $50 or more.


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