Thursday, November 3, 2011

Samaritan's Purse: Operation Christmas Child

It's that time of year again!  Operation Christmas Child boxes will be collected from November 14-21.  We choose to do the Follow Your Box donation, so that way we can see where our box went to.  Last year, our box was sent to Iraq. 

Need to know drop off locations?  Click here.

Need to know what to pack and what not to pack in your box?  Why lookie here:
What is in our box?  We have a set of marbles and a book on how to play them, a mini bowling set, buildable animals, a slinky, a whoopie cushion (every culture has to think it is funny!), a tic-tac-toe wood board game, a reusable steel water bottle filled with hard candy and suckers, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, a tooth brush, stickers, a paddle ball game, a bar of Ivory soap, a pan flute, a kazoo, a rainbow pencil, a wood peg jumping game, pencils, pens, a highlighter, glue sticks, a pair of scissors (blunt end), a wood ruler, cap erasers, a pencil sharpener, a box of crayons, a box of markers, a box of colored pencils and a set of watercolors.  I still have a tiny space that I can put a compressed wash cloth into.  (The pop-up kind that you buy at the store.)  All of this fits into a plastic latch standard shoe-sized box.  Sometimes I do trim the packaging a little to make it work.  I also work hard at engineering everything into the box so that our kid gets the maximum amount for the space they have.  I like the idea of the plastic latch lid box.  I've always done those and I look at it this way, it is an extra gift that they can reuse forever.

We do our box for boys age 10-14, because that is the area where the donations are the lowest. 

We love doing a shoe box!

Have a great day!


Rach said...

Thanks for providing this this year. I saw your box last year when it was too late for me to do anything. We always do an "angel" from the church's angel tree, but I always want to do more. This is most excellent!

Bailey's Leaf said...

We really love doing the shoe box and the challenge of finding all sorts of lovlies that fit inside. We literally keep an eye out all year. Since this post, I've added handwarmers, a couple of mini note pads, a bouncy ball (from the ONavy machine), a chapstick, and a compressed wash cloth. Believe it or not, there is still a little more space for me to skinny something into. I try to make sure that every cook and nanny (our version, we know it is opposite) is filled. We only do one box, but we try to do it well! I know that we're probably the child's only gift and we want to provide useful things and fun things. I figure that there is enough to share, should they want.