New Here?

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 pack shoeboxes for this wonderful organization.  However, we ourselves, are not part of the organization.  Just enthusiastic participants! :)

Once you’re ready to start packing boxes on a budget, come back here and check out the video series “Shoebox Shopping 101” to get started!

Tips and Ideas

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is share tips for filling your shoebox on a budget.  You can find these easily under the menu heading “Operation Christmas Child” and then clicking on “tips”  or just go here for the tips!  I also love to share easy, home-made crafts that you can include in your shoeboxes.  This can be found under the menu heading “Operation Christmas Child” and then clicking on “Home-made Items” or just go here for the crafts!

If you have any ideas you’d like to share with the rest of my readers, use my contact form to get in touch with me.

Store Deals

Each week, we share the best deals we can find for Operation Christmas Child items at stores nationwide as well as online.  Feel free to chime in by leaving comments on the blog if you find any deals we missed.  I hope we can all share deals with each other and help each other fill shoeboxes for very little out of pocket costs!

Other Resources

Other information I offer on the blog includes information on coupon terminology, organizing coupons, finding coupons, ordering coupons from a clipping service, and more.  If you ever are looking for some information and you can’t find it, just contact me and I’ll try to help you out as best as I can.

We’ve shared many boxes 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.

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25 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.

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