Operation Christmas Child
How to Pack a Shoebox
Use the shoebox you picked up from the church after worship service on October 8. You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.
Boy or Girl
Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Tape the appropriate boy/girl label on the top of your box.
Fill with Gifts
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring joy to a child. To get you started, we’ve listed some great gift suggestions below, but you can include any child-appropriate item. Please do not include any items that are on the “do not include” list.
Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; food or candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
Include $9 donation Per Box
Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $9 for each gift you prepare. You can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation.
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to the church by November 5.