Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty
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Uncle Si joined up with one of my favorite charitable causes: Operation Christmas Child. OCC is part of Samaritan's Purse (started by Billy Graham).
They deliver boxes to children in countries all over the world (even some in the U.S.A) who live in unimaginable conditions and otherwise wouldn't get anything for Christmas.
What goes in a box? It's largely up to each person who packs a box as to what they put in. I try to always include some FUN items (stickers, a small stuffed animal, book, activity book, etc) along with hygiene items (toothbrush, comb, bars of soap---double bagged in Ziplocks so the smell doesn't get all over!). So many children that get shoeboxes also don't have access or money to purchase school supplies, so I always include pencils and erasers, a small pencil sharpener and crayons. Although next year I'm going to switch to sending colored pencils instead of crayons since crayons can melt.
Other things you can include:
Hard candy (double bagged, it can MELT. Smarties are good)
Small sewing kit
flip flops or tennis shoes
Measuring tape (for older kids/boys)
Screwdrivers (I did boxes for older boys this year and am excited to include this for the first time this year!)
Small nails or picture hanging kits
Soccer balls--deflate and send with a small air pump
Magnetic dress up dolls
Fun shaped erasers
Small pack of wet wipes
Okay you know what, that is a BIG list! There are so many options of things you can send to a child. These simple shoeboxes have a lifelong impact on kids. (holy batman that video below goes way into my sidebar!)
I save stuff all year long as I find good deals, it makes the cost of packing a box feel like less since I spread it out over the course of the entire year.
National Collection Week is NEXT WEEK. So you have this week to gather the rest of your stuff and get your box ready and then next week is when you drop it off. You can even track your Operation Christmas Child box to see where it ends up going! Our boxes last year went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To find a drop off location near you, look here. I live in a small town and we have a drop off site less than 10 minutes away so I bet there is one close to most of you!
boys last year, click here.
To see what I packed in the girl boxes, click here.