Operation Christmas Child is an international program that has delivered shoe boxes full of gifts and goodwill to impoverished children in 130 countries all over the world. Sponsored by Samaritan's Purse in Boone, NC, Operation Christmas Child delivers shoe boxes to millions of children each year. Operation Christmas Child allows you to specify the age and gender of your shoe box recipient, making it easy to customize each box. You can also enclose a letter to the child who receives your box, and if you include your return address you often will get a heartfelt response. Here are some suggestions of items to pack in your Operation Christmas Child shoe box.
Soft toys such as stuffed animals or dolls are good choices, as are other unbreakable items such as balls, jump-ropes, miniature cars, cartoon figurines, small puzzles and card games.
Soap, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, combs and non-breakable mirrors are all good choices. Stay away from liquid items that might spill or anything sharp such as clippers or scissors.
Small articles of clothing that will fit in the box include packages of underwear, socks, hats, hair clips and bows, and accessories such as costume jewelry or sunglasses.
Pencils, pens, paper, small notebooks, pencil sharpeners and art supplies such as coloring books, markers and crayons are always popular with children. Inexpensive solar calculators, flashcards and picture books are also good choices.
Of course all children love candy and gum, but make sure you don't include soft items that might melt such as chocolate or caramel, and double-wrap any edibles.
Remember, Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are usually collected just before Thanksgiving in most communities. Check the Samaritan's Purse website link below for a collection point in your community. Don't despair if you've missed the deadline for shoe-box drop off; you can still go online and select items through Samaritan Purse's Build-a-Box program linked below.
I really really love this list, wonderful job!
I hadn't heard of the shoe box program, but these are all great ideas for small items to ship.
My church does shoe boxes too. I think that is a wonderful way to spread the cheer to the children around the world who are less fortunate than a lot here. Great list to tell others about this good cause.thank you.
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