It is that time of year! Time to pack your boxes for Operation Christmas Child! Next week is National Collection Week and we are excited to get our boxes packed this week!
This year we are doing something a little bit different. We are making a few items for our shoeboxes! In all the years we have participating in OCC it has never occurred to me to make some gifts! Talk about a light bulb moment!
Anyway, I have been scouring Pinterest looking for some ideas and there are so many great ideas to be found!
Here are just a few I have found!
This year we are making up 3 shoeboxes. The boys are each doing one for a boy and I am doing one for a girl. I think this is one of my favorite ideas I have come across for a girl-Put two yards of cut fabric and all the sewing supplies needed to sew an item!
A paper doll nativity would also be fantastic to put in either a boy or a girls box along with a pair of scissors to cut them out or cut them out yourself and laminate them before putting them into your box!
There are so many wonderful ideas to choose from!
I have created a Pinterest board full of ideas if you are looking for some inspiration. Many of these ideas are easy to create yourself and very inexpensive.
Here are some of the things we are putting in our shoe boxes.
- colored pencils
- regular pencils
- rubics cube
- bath soap
- hard candy (be sure to double wrap these)
- hair bands
- jump rope
- water color paints
- glue sticks
- handmade wash cloth (crocheted)
I love this idea of wrapping the items in a large bandana!
You can visit the Samaritan’s Purse website to read what to pack and what not to pack in a shoebox. You will also find information on how to ship your box, find a drop off location and many other ways you can participate.
We love to know where our boxes have gone and use the Follow Your Box donation to pay for our shipping. The cost to ship a box is $7.
We also always fill out the coloring sheets found on this page. It is the 5th box. It is a PDF that can be downloaded, printed and sent with your shoebox!
We pray for the children we are sending these boxes too and always read Miracle in a Shoebox by Franklin Graham (founder of Operation Christmas Child)
Here are some other great books you could read together as you prepare your shoeboxes:
If you think it is too late to pack a shoebox this year it is not! Your box does not have to be grand, you can find many items at the dollar store and there are many drop off locations throughout the country!
No matter if you purchase your box items or hand make them the important part is that you are sending a box full of love to a child who would not receive anything for Christmas. More importantly you are sending the message of Jesus to children who may have never heard the gospel.
Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful way to teach our children to serve others!