Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box |Christmas Giving Activity for Kids

Packing an Operation Christmas Child shoe box is one of our favorite traditions to do with our kids in the month of November.  At a time of year where we are writing our own wish lists and thinking of all the items we want, it’s good to focus on someone who may be looked over, to share joy in a simple, purposeful way.

What is Operation Christmas Child?  

The premise is simple.  You fill a box with necessities and fun wrapped up with a sweet note, then it gets shipped somewhere in the world to provide a little hope for another child this Christmas who most likely has never recieved a gift.  This year the goal is to ship 11 million shoe boxes to children around the world.  Will you help make that goal possible?

How Can You Get Involved in Operation Christmas Child?

Set aside time to go shopping as a family and choose the gendar and age of a child you would like to shop for.  The ages are 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14.  
In our family, each of our kids “adopts” a child their age so we usually shop for 4 boxes.  It seems to work best that our kids pick the age and gender they are and think of gifts they may like. 
We talk about how these children may or may not have families, homes or even a special toy to call their own but that no matter what Jesus loves them and this little gift will bring them joy for now and Jesus will bring them joy forever.  It’s so cool to think, God knows who the box is going to already.

What do you include in your Operation Christmas Child box?

Special Item – stuffed animals, doll, mini blanket.  We often tell our kids this item is something the child might sleep with.
Toys – matchbox cards, ball, mini wind up train, ball, mini tea set, plastic jewelry, princess wand, yo-yo, jump rope, Barbie.  Be careful sending anything with batteries because they don’t have access to replacements.
Non-Liquid Hygiene items – flip flops, socks, bar soap, toothbrush, wash cloth, brush or comb.
School Supplies – pens, pencils (include a sharpener), crayons, markers, pad of paper, solar calculator, coloring books and picture books. 
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What should you not include in your shoebox?

According to Samaritan Purse, do not include candy, toothpaste, gum, used or damaged items, seeds, food, liquids/lotions, medications, vitamins, breakable items, glass or aerosol containers.

Helpful Tips as You Pack Your Shoe Box

After you shop, come home and lay it all out.   We take some of the toys out of the wrapping and placedin plastic baggies to take up less room.  Then started placing items like a puzzle into the boxes so we could squeeze everything in.

You can use the boxes from Samaritan’s purse or purchase your own plastic shoe box.  The kids like to decorate the box with sharpie markers.  We add a bible verse as well.  

Each of the kid’s writes a note to go inside to let the recipient know we are praying for them this holiday season.


How Do You Gift Your Shoe Box?

Go online here and pay for the $9 shipping.  You can even click the follow your box feature online so you can see where you box goes.  Then, locate a drop off location here.  National collection week is November 16-23 in 2020.

A Wonderful Lesson in Gifting for Kids…

What a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season and remind us the greatest blessing is in giving.  You still have time to get involved.  Check out the website for all the details.  You can do one as a family or 100 but each child the receives it will have a smile on their face for sure!  Have you packed a shoe box?  What did you include in yours?  Where did your box go? 

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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