81 Days left until Operation Christmas Child Collection Week! What to Pack for A BOYS 10-14 Shoe Box?
We’ve listed ideas for the 2-4 year old age group, and had posts about the Girl 5-9 shoe boxes and the Boy 5-9 shoe boxes and Girl 10-14 Shoe Box. The fewest boxes they receive are for BOYS, both in the 2-4 age range and in the 10-14 age range. If for whatever reason at the distribution point they don’t have boxes for them, they occasionally are given either Boy 5-9 or even Girl boxes. But you will see that many of the items will be the same as any age category and could be boy or girl!
- Pencils and sharpener
- Colored Pencils
- Solar calculator
- Watercolor sets
- Mechanical Pencils
- Glue sticks, Adhesive tape
- Pencil Case
- Notebooks, pads, index cards and all kinds of paper
- Blank cards for writing notes to friends/family
- Construction paper
- Scissors (this age group can have sharp pointed scissors)
- Ruler, protractor (metric)
- More complicated coloring books or sketch pads
- Self-Inking stamps or stamps and ink pad
- Chalk, small chalkboard
- Backpack, or tote
NEW to the brochure this year:
Include items that children will immediately embrace, such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise, etc.
This will be the exciting and fun item of your box, so for BOYS to play with:
A boy in a slum area of Venezuela arrived at an distribution with an old baseball glove tucked under his arm. He told a volunteer, “I wish there was a new glove in my box.” He opened his gift to find a new glove! It was the first time the national OCC team had seen a baseball glove in a box.
- Stuffed animal – even older boys need something to hug!
- Balls (tennis balls, wiffle balls, bouncy balls, paddleballs, hacky sack, football, nerf balls, beach ball, juggling balls)
- Soccer Ball with pump
- Cars or trucks (every boy seems to LOVE “matchbox” type cars)
- Games that don’t require alot of directions (they might not read or know English) – checkers, dominoes, ring toss, playing cards
- Flying items – foam and paper airplanes, kites, frisbees
- Musical instruments – a better quality than for the younger age group
- Handheld Etch-a-Sketch
- Jump rope
John 14 years, from Madagascar: Underwear is a far fetched dream for our parents to buy for a primary school boy – they do not think it is a necessity. I have been praying for the day I would wear underwear. As we are growing, we become conscience of our environment. I got the most precious gift, six white under wears of my size. I am now comfortable at school. Thank you very much; I know it is God answering my prayers.
- Hat, Visor
- Gloves, mittens
- Flip Flops
- T-shirt, any shirt!
- Rain poncho
Grooming and Hygiene Items
- Mild Soap (in a baggie please!)
- Washcloth or small towel
- Toothpaste (check the expiration date! for this year’s collection, the box might not be delivered well into 2014…possibly even summer of 2014)
- Comb or Brush
- Nail Clippers
Some other different items:
- Fishing Kit (container with hooks, sinkers, corks or floats, fishing line)
- Foldable fishing pole
- Tools (Hammer, screwdriver, wrench, pliers) – Some boys have jobs or need to help around the home
- Nails or screws (in containers please)
- Duct tape, rope
- Measuring tape
- Work gloves, work apron
- Bowl, cup, plate, spoon, fork
- Gardening Kit – Gardening gloves, trowel (NO seeds)
- coin purse
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Folding umbrella
- Plastic magnifier (not everyone has access to eye care, or glasses)
- Colorful Band-Aids
Hard Candy – check the expiration date and DOUBLE BAG.
Homemade items are great to include: You can check our blogs on Homemade Items, or you might want to check our PINTEREST BOARD for hundreds of crafting ideas! and at Crafting for Shoeboxes they have a list of ideas of what to make for the 10-14 group.
DO NOT INCLUDE
- War related toys (soldiers, guns, etc). No camo clothes or items.
- NO knives or saws.
- Liquids or lotions. So no bubbles or shampoo or liquid glue. It might leak and ruin the box.
- Used/worn items. We want to bless these children with new items. So anything obviously used or worn will be removed from your shoebox.
- Food or chocolate. It might melt or spoil.
- Medications and vitamins.
- Aerosal cans. Yikes, these could explode!
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