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It’s Not Too Late To Pack a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child


Today I stopped procrastinating and headed out with the kids to shop for our Operation Christmas Child Boxes.  It is NOT TOO LATE! There is still time to get your boxes packed. National Collection Week is ends this Monday – November 19. Find a drop-off location near you. 
Operation Christmas Child

I sat down with the kids and told them why we were going to Target.  No there would be no hot cocoa, no popcorn or shopping for ourselves. We were going to buy toys and other itmes for children who may not have as much as we do.

I told the kids that were were going to pack small gifts into our shoe boxes and that little kids across the world would get to open our presents.  We talked about why we celebrate Chrstmas and that it’s not about the gifts but that by giving these children gifts we are showing them God’s love.  Claire was ready, I think she really understood.  Caleb is 4 he just wanted to know if he could have a snack. {Real Life}

Off we went to Target.


Straight to the Dollar spot where we were able to find plenty of great things for our box.  We walked over to the office supply section and I grabbed a pack of index cards, I thought they would make great coloring paper and might even be useful for their family. We already had toothbrushes, toothpaste and some other items at home. We picked up a pack of face cloths, hairbrushes, hard candy and heaps of toys.  The kids had a fun time shopping, if they could our boxes would have been filled with a bicycle, winter coats, and boxes of Alpha Bits. Kids have naturally generous hearts.

When we were in the check out line a woman in front of us said, ” It looks like you’re shopping for Operation Christmas Child boxes!” – this just made our day! 

So, You Want to Fill A Box??   It is not too late!!

  1. Grab a shoebox. Our church participates in Operation Christmas Child so they provided boxes for everyone! Check to see if your church is participating!
  2. Decide if you will pack a box for a boy or girl and what age child you will pack for.  Click over to the Operation Christmas Child site where you can print a shipping label for your boxes.
  3. Go shopping and fill your box with gifts for that child.  * for detailed instructions on how to pack your box click here
  4. Write a note, draw a picture or include a photo. This is completely optional but such a great thing to add to build a connection. I’ve heard that if you include a self addressed envelope and paper you might get a note back from the child that received your box.
  5. Be sure to Include a donation of at least $7 {to help cover the costs of shipping}.
  6. Drop off your shoebox! Find a collection location near you.  Collection week ends THIS MONDAY!!

Need Ideas for your box?

Operation Christmas Child is on Pinterest! 

Here are 101 Ideas to help you pack a shoebox

100 ideas to help you pack a shoebox for a girl

100 ideas to help you pack a shoebox for a boy


Don’t have the time but want to build a box?? Click the image below and build a box online today!

Operation Christmas Child

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