Packing your shoebox (or plastic box) for Operation Christmas Child is the whole foundation of this blog! Every week, I share what items you can purchase (for little to no money) and save for your shoeboxes!
You can read the official guidelines from Samaritan’s purse for an idea on how to get started. Below is a list of items I like to scout out for my boxes:
- Bar Soap
- Small puzzles, cards, and other toys
- Stuffed animals
- Wash clothes
- Pads of Paper
- Pencil Sharpeners
- Other miscellaneous school supplies
- Hard Candy
- Plastic baggies (for packing the soap and candy in)
- Any small light up/noisy toys
I can usually get these items ALL FREE! Stay tuned to this blog, and I will show you how! Samaritan’s Purse (the organization behind Operation Christmas Child) recommends a $7 donation to go with each shoe box. The donation covers shipping and other project costs. My goal is to have my readers pack shoeboxes that cost them $10 or less each (including that $7 donation!!!). By saving items throughout the year, you’ll be surprised what you accumulate. Plus, the expense (what little there is) is spread out over the year as well. Makes it easier on your pocketbook that way! I can’t wait to see what we can donate together!
After filling your shoebox or similar sized plastic box, you may wrap it (lid separate), if you like. Many people like to include a personal note and/or photo of themselves as well. During drop off week (usually mid-November), you simply take your box to the donation location along with your $7 per box donation! If you’d rather, you may also mail your boxes year-round to the following address:
Operation Christmas Child
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607
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