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If this is your first time visiting this blog, or if you are still trying to navigate your way around, then you’ve found the right place to start!

What is Operation Christmas Child?

If you’ve never heard of Operation Christmas Child or want to find out more about it, I ask that you visit the Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child webpage to get started.  It should answer most of your questions.  The Clip with Purpose blog is dedicated to helping people help others.  OCC is the primary organization that I support, but not the only one.  It seems that people who love to give, love to give – don’t you find that to be true?  This blog does not work for or is not a part of any organization.  I am just an enthusiastic donater! 🙂

If you would like more info about packing shoeboxes and ready to start packing boxes on a budget, check out the video series “Shoebox Shopping 101” by this blog’s founder, Jessica, to get started! CLICK HERE to see Parts 1, 2 and 3!


One of my favorite things to do on this blog is share fun and easy inexpensive crafts.  I love donating them – and I think you will too!  You can find these easily on the menu heading “Crafts ad DIY” or the button “Crafts” on the sidebar.

Store Deals

Each week, we share the best deals we can find for any of your family and donation needs.  The more we can save in our family budget, the more we can help others!  Often I come across items that one organization can’t use, but another group welcomes it!  That’s exciting – being able to help so many different groups!

Feel free to chime in by leaving comments on the blog if you find any deals I missed.

Other Resources

I’ve shared many Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that we have packed or readers have packed for under $10 (including the cost of shipping!).  Be sure to check those posts out for inspiration.

I also occasionally have “Charity Spotlights” where I highlight other charities that you might be interested in!

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35 Responses to New Here?

  1. Karen says:

    It’s so funny. I was just at a local OCC team mtg. last night and I walked aways thinking how neat it would be to start a blog sharing deals that could be used for boxes. Then, I’m on MSM today and…Hello! I saw your link! This is great! I love it. Thanks for doing it!

  2. josie says:

    I check out your blog a couple times a week for new ideas on crafts to put in the boxes. Until now, I never could find inexpensive notebooks that were small enough to fit without rolling them up (didn’t want to do that). Now I will make my own and put in the box. Just put in my goal of boxes to make up on your website.

  3. Kathy says:

    We went to Free Coloring Pages on email and found tons of pictures for coloring for different age groups in all catagories. We will copy and put in shoeboxes.

  4. sabine says:

    There are great sales all year round after holidays (Christmas, Easter, Canada Day, etc.) I was always very excited how great my shoeboxes were. I never shared with anyone before – very fun to do.

  5. Carissa says:

    I believe last week I saw a blog about Target $1 items on sale. I rushed there after work and bought all they had left! Keep blogging about those Target sales – that is a great way to catch the sale items after seeing it on here!
    I really really enjoy your information!

  6. susan belsak says:

    My church has been doing these for yrs and yrs. I love it. I pledged 4 boxes but my church always does over 100 and with this site I can probably do a few more..Thanks

  7. Tania says:

    I can’t do the ‘clipping’, as I live in Australia and our shops don’t do coupons. But I did three boxes last year, and love the whole idea. I am approaching our primary school to see if we can do boxes through the school. With 460 students, surely we can get more boxes on their way!

  8. Andy says:

    Just found your site and love it. Wanted to add to your pledge but had to let you know every year people ask me how many boxes we’re doing this year and I tell them I never set a limit/number and that every individual box counts. Last year we were blessed w/ over 1,200 and this year’s inventory is even greater already so I “pledged” 1,400 but I really don’t know…I just let God do the work and each year the number grows exponentially.

  9. Julie says:

    Though I’ve never tried to get deals as good as the ones you post, I find it amazing that it’s possible to even put together a box for just a few dollars! I try to find sales, but this year I’ve calculated about $29 per box (with the $7 donation) for the 15 boxes I plan to do. I have bought some items and saved $16 so far from my orignal price planning, but I’m encouraged to find even better deals now! I’m particularly excited about the free coloring books! I usually buy really nice ones for about $2.50, but that will save me $24 to get some for free! I could probably do another box or so with that.

  10. Lana Olsen says:

    I am Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinator for Scottsdale/Fountain Hills/Paradise Valley, AZ and I am THRILLED to pass along your blog and Facebook page to churches and individuals in our area. Keep up the great work, you have a wonderful ministry!

  11. Margaret says:

    I don’t know if you or anyone you know is in Gwinnett Co. GA but I came across a ton (more than I will ever use, and I can’t believe I am saying that) Smart Source Inserts from this past Sunday’s 8/7 paper. I would love to donate these to you or anyone else who is making shoeboxes. Happy Freebie hunting!- God Bless

  12. Sandra Venable says:

    I am a teacher in Fairborn, Ohio and for the last 4 years my high school students have been earning extra credit by bringing in items for Operation Christmas Child year round. I conduct two rounds per quarter choosing a different item each round (coloring books, hotwheels, stuffed animals, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc.) They can also bring in shoeboxes and wrap shoeboxes for extra credit. My church, Memorial Baptist Church in Eaton, Ohio also helps by collecting items for the shoeboxes. Come November we stuff the last item into the boxes (candy) and they are ready to go out. The first year we collected we started with a goal of 75 boxes. We have steadily increased our annual goal and we now have 150 shoeboxes and the monies to ship them ($7/box) ready for delivery. I have my pickup truck stuffed with the 150 filled shoeboxes. What are the hours for dropping off the boxes to your church during the week of November 14-18?

  13. Paula Lennie says:

    I recently joined a small country church that does OCC. I have promised to do 12 boxes – 1 for each month. GOD has blessed me so much this past year. And I am looking forward to the new year and pray that I will be able to be a small blessing to another. If I am able, I will certainly do more. I am a stay at home mom of 4 boys and 1 girl. I own my business which has suffered due to the economic situation. But, I know that we can give back what GOD has given us. And I plan to get the boys involved and my boy scouts. Thank you for doing this and I am so thankful that I found this site!

  14. Marilyn says:

    Love, love, love OCC. Last year was our (my husband’s and my) first volunteer time at a packing center in Mpls. What a wonderful experience. I’ve been packing shoeboxes for many years and will continue as long as I am able!!!

  15. Mary L. says:

    Thank You so much for doing this blog! God knows your heart and we get a peek at it through your compassionate search for deals and opportunities through coupons, etc. out there. May God continue to bless and expand your ministry as we respond and rise up and do what we have been comissioned to do by Him in His power!

  16. Emily says:

    I just found this via OCC’s fb page! We love filling shoeboxes and have been filling them for 14 years now! We’re always looking in the back to school ads and clearance sections after holidays for good deals. Thanks for doing this site, I’m definitely going to keep checking to see what deals you’ve posted so we can fill more shoeboxes! Thanks!

  17. Anita Andrews says:

    Recycle your Christmas Cards from last year, cut out the pretty picture, one a child would love, and glue it on the inside of your lid for an added surprise. And its free.

  18. M Wood says:

    A friend posted a link to your site on Facebook. After several minutes, I am still looking for a description of what a shoebox should contain; whether I should pack my own (and if so, where to send it) or pay you to do it (and if so, how). Even the “New Here” page assumes visitors know who you are, what your mission is, and how to get involved. Nope. Some of us are really just new here. A little help?

  19. Susan says:

    One of the areas in stores that I have always found very good deals is on the “end caps”. For example, this past weekend, I found a deluxe Superman man pencil pack. It includes 8 # 2 HB lead pencils, 3 shaped erasers, and 1 pencil sharpener. This package was originally priced at $4.99 and I paid 75 cents for it! I cleared out all they had left which was 7 packages. : ) The store I found this deal at is Meijer . However, in the past, I have found great deals like this at other stores too such as Kroger and Target. My family and I have been participating in Operation Christmas Child for 17 years now !

    I am so glad I found your site. May God bless you for your hard work at researching and posting deals for the many people around the world who support Operation Christmas Child.

  20. donna says:

    I have a children’s boot box that measures 12 x 10 1/2 x
    3 1/2. I know this is a little larger than the traditional shoe box but it’s not oversized and I can fit many more items for the older group. Is this a good size box to use? Thank you! Donna

    • Mary says:

      Donna – they will accept any shoebox. They recommend a regular sized box – but yours sounds just fine to use. GO boxes are all the same, but shoeboxes do come in all different widths and lengths. 🙂

  21. clara gillam says:

    How do I donate from Canada…is there a place in Ontario?

  22. Adrienne says:

    I found your Blog a few days ago. I keep wondering how you can pack a shoe box for only $10 including the shipping. I know I spend way more than that on my shoe boxes. I like to put school supplies, coloring book, wash rags, stuff toy, dolls for the girls, cars for the boys, hats gloves, few small items, and maybe something to keep warm with. But this only my second year of real getting into OCC. A few years ago I did one box. My mother began telling me morw about OCC and showing videos. Than last year I something clicked I was hooked. I ask to head up OCC at my church its a small native american church. I started collecting things during the year. My home was to do 12 boxes but I didn’t make my goal this made me feel horrible. Together me and my mom did 9 boxes, 2 boxes for two men that paid for the shipping, and 2 for our WMU. This made a total of 13 boxes. Than an older woman made dolls,bears, and blankets. Her friend paid shipping they did 5 together. The total was only 18. The church goal was 30. We didn’t make it either. I made feel sad and bad we didn’t make our goal. So I decided I have to better next year but was not sure how than I found your web site. I am so excide to follow all your tips this next year to help fine items for shoe boxes. My goal once again is 12 boxes for next year, my mother goal is 8. It would be great if we could do 12 each. I got 30 hot wheels and my mom said she might get some today. I notice past deals and past free coloring books. However I am still wounding how it can be done. With so little money and time. I cannot wait to see.

  23. Janelle Lawson says:

    I was wondering how I post pictures for the $10 challenge. We’ve done several.

  24. Debbie says:

    My local Sears had Christmas wrapping paper for 79 cents a roll.

  25. Nicole says:

    Is there a reason why I was blocked off the Facebook page for sharing a deal? This is ridiculous. I’ll make sure never to donate to your charity after that stunt!

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