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:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Bar Soap
  • Chapstick
  • Small puzzles, cards, and other toys
  • Stuffed animals
  • Socks
  • Shirts
  • Wash clothes
  • Pencils
  • Pads of Paper
  • Pens
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Markers
  • Other miscellaneous school supplies
  • Hard Candy
  • Plastic baggies (for packing the soap and candy in)
  • Books
  • Batteries
  • Any small light up/noisy toys
  • Flashlights

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
Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607


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5 Responses to How to Fill A Shoebox

  1. […] never packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, you may want to start by learning how to pack a shoebox!  I’m also doing a series on how to pack shoeboxes for little to no money, so be sure to […]

  2. […] what goes in a box. For the full list, I will refer you to my post on how to fill a shoebox.  However, I like to make sure every one of my boxes includes at least one toothbrush and […]

  3. Melinda says:

    Thank you for posting this. I want to do this. I am a teacher and know how hard it is for children to have the necessary things. Thank you for doing this and making readers aware. God Bless you.

  4. Melinda says:

    I was wondering since my state does not have a location for this. I notice that it says I can send it in a plastic bag or in a box. If I send it in a plastic bag does that mean the Samartian House will have extra shoe boxes.

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