82 Days left until Operation Christmas Child Collection Week! What to Pack for A GIRL 10-14 Shoe Box?
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.
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
- Colored Pencils
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Handheld Etch-a-Sketch
- Legos or blocks
- Paper dolls (might need a scissors if they are not cut out already)
- Hat, Visor
- Gloves, mittens
- Scarf, woolen, or even fun fashion scarves
- 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
- 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)
- Pocket books, coin purses
- 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.
- 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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