100days 82 Days left until Operation Christmas Child Collection Week!  What to Pack for A GIRL 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.

You’ll see that many of the items will be the same as any age category and could be boy or girl!  For these girls:  they are both young and old.  Some might already be working full-time and some of the older girls might even be married in the next few years.  Yet with their “adult” responsibilities, they still have the needs of children…something to hug and something that will make them laugh.


Haitian temporary shelter camp built by Samaritan’s Purse after the earthquake

This age group could really use school supplies, they are powerful tools that can transform these children’s futures.

A pastor from Uganda tells this story: “Ten-year-old Betty was visiting her cousin for a week when she was invited to the distribution. When she received a gift box that day, she was touched, and we could see tears flow from her eyes, which was a sign of how this gift was special to her. When our volunteers asked her why she was crying, she said she could not believe all the items in the box belonged to her. She shared a story of how she missed school for a week because she did not have a pencil to use. Now, she will be able to return to school because she received pencils in her box.”

School Supplies  – Did you know that many children can’t attend school because they don’t have school supplies?

  • Pencils and sharpener
  • Pens
  • Colored Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Solar calculator
  • Watercolor sets
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Glue sticks, Adhesive tape
  • Notebooks, pads, index cards and all kinds of paper
  • Blank cards for writing notes to friends/family
  • Construction paper, scrapbook paper
  • Scissors (this age group can have sharp pointed scissors)
  • Ruler, protractor (metric)
  • Stickers
  • 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 GIRLS to play with:

  • Stuffed animal – even older children need something to hug!
  • Jump rope
  •  Jewelry
  • Craft kits (You can even make your own – fill a baggie with beads and string)
  • More difficult craft kits — cross stitch or embroidery
  • Barbie Doll (I still played with them til 13)
  • Ribbon Wands
  • Balls (tennis balls, wiffle balls, bouncy balls, paddleballs, hacky sack, beach ball)
  • Soccer Ball with pump
  • Puzzles
  • Slinky
  • Tops
  • Games that don’t require alot of directions (they might not read or know English) – checkers, dominoes, ring toss, matching cards
  • Flying items – foam and paper airplanes, kites, frisbees
  • Musical instruments – a better quality than for the younger age group
  • Yoyo
  • Handheld Etch-a-Sketch
  • Legos or blocks
  • Paper dolls (might need a scissors if they are not cut out already)

Clothing Items (Bigger is always better than smaller when choosing a size.  For tips check these sizing charts:  ONE and TWO

  • Dress
  • Skirt
  • Hat, Visor
  • Gloves, mittens
  • Scarf, woolen, or even fun fashion scarves
  • Underwear!
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • T-shirt, any shirt!
  • Tights
  • Pants
  • Jacket
  • Bandana
  • Rain poncho
  • Apron

Grooming and Hygiene Items

  • Mild Soap (in a baggie please!)
  • Washcloth or small towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (check the expiration date! for this year’s collection, the box might not be delivered well into 2014…possibly even summer of 2014)
  • Deodorant
  • Handkerchief
  • Comb or Brush
  • All kinds of Hair Ribbons, Elastics, Clips, Headbands
  • Nail Clippers, Emory Board
  • compact mirror (a mirror is allowed if it closes! so it can’t break in transit)
  • Sanitary Pads (the need is discussed HERE, with links to “how to make them”) (Also HERE at Days for Girls)

Some other different items:

  • Sewing Kit (in a case or container of some kind – needles, safety pins, thread, buttons, folding measuring tape)
  • To include with the sewing kit – 1/2 yard or more of fabric, trims
  • Scissors (pointed tip is allowed for this age group)
  • Cooking Kit – Potholder, spatulas, wooden spoon (NO food items) (not too complicated, they may not have ovens, just oven flame cooking)
  • Bowl, cup, plate, spoon, fork
  • Gardening Kit – Gardening gloves, trowel (NO seeds)
  • Watch
  • Pocket books, coin purses
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Folding umbrella
  • Plastic magnifier (not everyone has access to eye care, or glasses)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Kaleidoscope
  • 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.


  •  War related toys (soldiers, guns, etc). No camo clothes or items.
  • 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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16 Responses to Ideas for A Girl 10-14 Shoe Box

  1. Cathy says:

    This may very well be my favorite box to pack! I have tried to pack exclusively for 10-14 boys but it never works out. I just can’t pass up a great deal on something sparkly and pretty so I end up with “girly” items every year. It all started years ago when a friend gave me 4 glittery pink hairbrushes “to put in those shoeboxes you make…” More than any other age or gender, I go heavy on toiletries with this group. Nail implements, tweezers, barrettes, and so on. Revlon coupons help me get quality nail stuff in the boxes for almost nothing.

  2. Mark says:

    Just a reminder – if you do include a toy, puzzle, or game (or anything else) that needs instructions, be sure to include the instructions. Sometimes the instructions are on the outer packaging, so if you are removing that, you might need to clip out the instructions and attach them. Even if the child doesn’t read English, there might be someone around who does – or the child can hang onto the gift until they find someone who can explain it.

  3. Olive says:

    Hi I see you have instruction for reusable sanitary items, I have been making them for days for girls organisation and they have good instructions for their packs on their web site –
    have a look

  4. Olive says:

    Hi again
    In New zealand the girls play elastics game, we can buy colourful elastic at the dollar stores which have instructional diagrams. My daughter when she was young used to play with it with her friends, using ordinary sewing elastic I had in my sewing box,she just tied the leastic into a big loop, used quite a bit, there are some videos on Utube showing how this is played, She sometimes played with a couple of friends or if she was on her own she used two kitchen chairs to hold the elastics. I now put thses in all my girls boxes either 5-9 and 10-14

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  6. rebecca says:

    This is amazing i love this operation prais god

  7. rebecca says:

    i love this operation thank god lift his name

  8. Camille says:

    I adore packing these boxes! 10-14 is my favorite, although I do one for each age category. It’s especially rewarding to pack a box for a young lady. The only thing I have to think about is the toys. Although, I agree with the stuffed animal, many places are prepping their girls for marriage at 10-14. We tend to keep are little ones young for a long time in first world countries, however in third world countries that’s not necessarily a popular belief.
    Most rest of the things I get grooming or beauty products, or wearable items. I love the fashion scarves, and I get nice high quality scarves at Tuesday morning, along with nice small 79 cent sewing kits. Great list!

    • I know someone who went to assist in to Chile, after the disaster… A girl of 18, who had become very withdrawn, saw the stuffed toys the group was giving out, received one with delight, buried her face in it, and had some comfort…. Many of these children had lost everything… Family, homes, friends. Even if a young teen was married,adults here in North America collect teddies, angels,snowmen, dolls,etc. avidly! A
      soft stuffie would even make a rare gift for her children.Marbles are a really fun toy, that can be played, in turn, with others… At40+ I was just taught to play marbles, and went and bought over 50 sets from a $ store to include in boxes!! 😊A fishing kit( fishing line, few hooks, few sinkers) might provide food for a family… And neighbors… Even if a widowed mother does the fishing, it is a truly great box add-on… And fits in a small area…. Sporting goods stores may donate line, hooks, or sinkers. I even use a ziplock Baggie, and attach the hooks to cardboard, cover or tape over

  9. Cathy says:

    Please, if you buy the $1 sewing kit, buy a better pair of scissors. The scissors in the kits barely cut thread. For a girl to do anything useful with a sewing kit, she must be able to cut. Fiskers has school scissors that are excellent and not too expensive if you buy at back to school sales.

  10. Lori Brown says:

    This is only my second year packing for OCC. I love packing for the 10-14 year old girls although I pack 2 boxes for each age both boys and girls. I have found a set of large and small sewing scissors at JoAnn’s for $10.00. (I use the same set at home with my crafting) I wait until I get a 50% off coupon and then get them for my sewing kits. JoAnn’s also have great little plastic organizing 3 tier boxes that fit fat quarters and all kinds of other sewing items. I also wait until these are on sale at 50% off. Walmart has fat quarters for $1.00 all year long. I love to put a few in each kit as well. I love getting every ones ideas as I am still so new at this and have so much to learn.

  11. Angil says:

    I put some never before used ponytails in my box and a couple of barrettes from a package I just bought and I put the ponytails on a holder I had . Is that okay ? You can tell that it is new and never been used . Just not in the original packaging .

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