It’s Operation Christmas Child time again, and I’ve finally got our box packed and ready to go!
Every year, Samaritan’s Purse collects shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies, personal care items and more, and distributes them around the world to children, regardless of race, gender or religion! It’s a awesome way to share God’s love and the spirit of Christmas with a child that needs it.
Shopping for and packing a shoebox is so much fun, and it’s a great way to involve your kids in giving back at Christmas time.
This year, there are a few newer rules about what we’re allowed to pack. From the Samaritan’s Purse website:
DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Decks of standard playing cards (other card games such as UNO are allowed)
- Food or candy: Including gum (due to customs regulations)
- Used items (due to customs regulations)
- Toothpaste (due to customs regulations)
- Liquids or items that could leak, melt, freeze, or break – Shampoo, creams, lip balm, bath gels, mirrors, or glass, etc. (these can damage other items in the shoebox).
- Items that can scare or harm a child – War-related toys, knives, and toy guns, etc.
So what CAN you pack?
What To Pack In Your Operation Christmas Child Shoebox:
- story books
- small ball (like a tennis ball)
- non-white doll
- pencil crayons
- stickers & sticker book
- beach ball
- small toys
- hair clips, barrettes, cloth elastics
- magnetic travel games
- unbreakable water bottle
- beads and cord
- inexpensive jewellry
- baseball cap
- solar-powered or wind-up flashlight
- Hot Wheels cars
- pencil sharpener
- colouring book
- skipping rope
- plastic cup
- silly straw
- compact fabric tote bag
I’m sure you can think of even more ideas of what to pack in your shoebox! Take a look at what we’re filling ours with in the video below:
I’d love to hear what you’ve packed in your shoebox this year!
Let me know in the comment section below.