Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Riddle: What do you get when you cross... (#Operation Christmas Child)

Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty


a shoebox?

You get this:

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.

Tanya received a shoe box gift from Operation Christmas Child while living in an orphanage in Russia. She and her two siblings were later adopted and moved to the United States. Tanya had the opportunity last summer to travel to Ecuador and actually deliver the gifts to other children in need.
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
Fishing 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
Calculator-solar powered
Yo Yos
Bouncy balls
Soccer balls--deflate and send with a small air pump
Magnetic dress up dolls
Small notepads/notebooks
Fun shaped erasers
jump rope
Small pack of wet wipes
Matchbox cars

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!

To see what I packed in all of our boxes for boys last year, click here.
To see what I packed in the girl boxes, click here.


  1. We used to do this every year and for some reason it fell off our radar this year. :( Perhaps there's still time to find a box. Thank you for the reminder.

    1. Missy--the website now has an option to Build A Box online if you want to do that! You pick out different things for it, pay, and they'll assemble it. :)

  2. I just had a friend pick up our 4 boxes, and I'm going to post on it next week. This is our first year to do it, and we loved doing it. I'm going to pin it for reference--you had some ideas I hadn't thought of!

  3. Never heard of a this particular kind of Box but love the idea of it. It is a great opportunity to share stuff with others in need:)

  4. We are doing this as well! I am posting on this next week! I was a sponsor last year. Due to us moving, I am currently just a participant. Glad to hear so many doing this! It makes a HUGE difference.

  5. My husband and I did this through work (he still does but I'm not longer there). It's time we brought our children's help into the process I think now that they are a little older. It's a good cause.

  6. Awesome, awesome, awesome! My son's Good News Club, which is run by his wonderful sitter, is doing this next week. So we'll be contributing items. I will look on your list before I go and buy! Thanks!

  7. I've never heard of this before. Thank you for sharing. I have quite a few things that I can contribute. Will have to look into it.


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