Decorate Your Box

Marianne shared these AMAZING lid ideas over at the Operation Christmas Child facebook page!
I can’t decide which is my favorite – can you?

1.   Glue a piece of felt to the inside of the lid and include some pictures. Be creative, make your own. ABC letters, animals, Noah’s Ark, Nativity. They will last longer if laminated (or clear contact paper) and a piece of sandpaper or felt on the back to help them stick on the felt.

2.   I copied a road design from the internet, but many of you are creative enough to do your own.  Include a few small cars and let the child have fun racing it around the lid.  I spoke to one little girl and she shared her idea of making a castle and I think she is going to make some princess and fairy tale designs…how cute for the girls.

3.   Glue a Lego base on the lid, add men, vehicles and lots of blocks.  You might want to put the pieces in a baggie so they stay together and don’t end up with the other items in the box. Someone suggested putting the Lego base on with Velcro – a great idea – then the child can take it off the box and play with it.

4.   I bought some chalkboard paint at a paint store. It took several coats, but it turned out pretty good – the pic didn’t but the lid did! Write your own message, include colored chalk and even the chunky sidewalk chalk would work. Pack a rag or some type of eraser so they can enjoy it over and over.

5.  Find a small metal box. Glue the bottom of the metal box to the inside of the shoe box lid. Fill the box with any type of magnet – ABC letters, magnetic animals, make your own using advertising magnets and paint or marker your own message over top of the advertising, tic-tac-toe game pieces…have fun!

These are wonderful, don’t you agree?

Operation Christmas Child cartons

Wonderful cartons full of shoebox gifts in 2013 on their way to the Philippines!

Phew! Today was a busy day!
We received 7 pallets of these special cartons today at our Collection Center!
It’s time to distribute everything and train our Relays!
Can you believe that Collection Week is less than a month away?

We are gearing up!
Lots of preparations – getting the volunteers, setting up schedules, gathering and sorting supplies……
Are you getting excited?


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Time to pick up those few items you need to finish your shoeboxes! 

Collection Week is in less than a month!


abc's of shoebox packing

Here’s a fun list!
The ABC list of possible items to include in a shoebox gift.

This would be great to illustrate with photos or actual items on a poster or bulletin board in your church!

  • A – Accessories for girls (bracelets, hair bands, necklaces, rings, barrettes)
  • B – Balls ~ (tennis balls, bouncy balls, footballs, soccer balls)
  • C – Crayons and coloring books
  • D – Dolls and stuffed animals
  • E – Etch-a-Sketch
  • F – Flip flops
  • G – Garden or Work Gloves
  • H – Hammers (nails and other small tool sets for boys)
  • I – Illustrated board books
  • J – Jump ropes
  • K – Kids’ clothing (t-shirts, pants, dresses)
  • L – Lollipops
  • M – Mittens and scarves
  • N – Noisemakers (harmonicas, whistles, horns)
  • O – Outdoor toys (small Frisbees, little planes)
  • P – Pencils, pens and notebooks for school
  • Q – Quick and easy kids’ puzzles
  • R – Race cars
  • S – Sunglasses
  • T – Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • U – Underwear
  • V – Visors and hats
  • W – Washcloths and soap
  • X – eXtra batteries for flashlights or battery-operated toys
  • Y – Yo-yos
  • Z – Ziploc bags (remember to bag your candy and soap!)

Thx. Lois!


What do YOU Say

On line at Target with a full cart of flip flops, we often get curious stares and questions.

Or at big family dinners or PTA meetings, we might get some questions as well.

We only have a few seconds to come up with a response.

Do people ask you: 

1. “What is Operation Christmas Child?”

Here are a few answers:

“Operation Christmas Child is a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse. Our mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.” – (from the OCC fb page – how OCC described itself!)


“Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. It uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world. A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors and plant new churches. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.”

OR do some people at church ask:

2. “What is the MISSION Of Operation Christmas Child?”

“The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”



Elvina Arventii October 18

Elvina Arventii will share how a gift-filled shoebox from Operation Christmas Child changed her life as a young girl in Ukraine.

Growing up in severe poverty with six siblings, Elvina always longed to have something she could call her own.  She always wanted a doll, and prayed to get one for Christmas.  She was 8 years old when all the children in her family received shoeboxes.  They were all excited, and ran around the house showing to each other the content of their boxes, when Elvina realized the doll she was praying for was in her sister’s box instead of hers.  Her sister wasn’t willing to give up the doll, and Elvina was upset about her unanswered prayer. One of her brothers ended up getting a doll though in his boy box by accident, and he was more than willing to let Elvina own this new doll.

Elvina describes her shoebox as her very own treasure, which she unpacked and packed again many times daily.  She would lick her lollipop a couple times each day, chew her gum for a few minutes and save it for the next day.

The shoebox allowed Elvina for the first time in her life to understand that God is real, He loves her, and listens to her prayers.   This gift was just the beginning of Elvina’s story and understanding of how a box filled with gifts could change the course of her life.

Today Elvina volunteers on the Fresno area OCC team as a Church Relations Team Member, and travels the U.S. telling her story of how her life was changed by a simple gift.

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The new Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gift Catalog is out!

This is a great project for your family, and for Sunday School and Scouts.

They can fundraise and see their goal clearly and envision exactly where their money will go.  It can be a great measurable goal!

Samaritans Purse Christmas Catalog
These pictures are just some of the options – many gifts are under $15.

Get a bicycle

Or it might be fun for a Boy’s Brigade to purchase a bicycle! Or the AWANA group to purchase a fruit tree!

Adopt a shoebox
OR advertise the “Adopt a Shoebox” option on your own facebook pages or emails.

This could be an easy way for your family and friends to “adopt” a shoebox and help you pay for your shipping!


Are you including a letter and photo in your shoebox gift?

letter pinterest board

Are you stuck for ideas on how to do that?
Did you know I have an entire “Pinterest” Board with tons of different ways?

Great ideas for you, your church, your packing parties and your children to include a letter!


YOU are invited!
(There are events all around the country – contact YOUR Regional Office to find one in your area!




CALIFORNIA!! You are invited to a PACKING PARTY!
Monday, October 20. 5–9 pm
Hope Point Nazarene Church
600 N. George Washington Blvd.
Yuba City, California!
Email: for more info!
Join in on the fun and come out to Pack Shoeboxes!

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