Operation Christmas Shoebox for 2019

For the past 25 years, Samaritan's Purse has been collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivering them to children in need around the world.  Each box is an opportunity for a boy or girl to experience the love of God in a tangible way and hear the Gospel.

It's never too early to get started!

 How do I pack a box, you might ask? 

1)   Use a plastic shoebox (average size), or get a box from the Office (the Mission Committee bought several for 2018 and they are stored in the Church office). You can wrap the box and lid separately, but wrapping is not required. 

2)   Pick up a copy of the 2018 brochure at the Church with all the information, as well as mailing labels.

3)   Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

4)   Fill the box with a variety of quality gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions on back of this handout).

5)   The amount of the  donation to transport your gift and deliver it into the hands of a child in need may change, so please don't write a check yet!   Mark your box with girl or boy, age category, and place label (labels are available from the Church office or can be downloaded on the Operation Christmas Shoebox website).  Wrap the box with label and check with a rubber band and your box is ready. 

6)   Pray that God will use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.

7)   Keep the box until November 2019 when there will be instructions on where to take the box for distribution.   If you have no place to put the box, you can bring it to the Church and the office will keep your box until collection time.

That’s all you do.   What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving by helping to give a child at Christmas a reason to smile, so pick up your brochure and start shopping for those items to fill up a box.  


Ideas of what to Pack in Your Shoebox

This Year Do Not Include the following:

Toothpaste, candy, chocolate, gum, or food, seeds, used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; and no aerosol cans.

Don’t forget to include A Personal Note:  You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group.  If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

 Gift Suggestions:

 All Ages – Start with a WOW item - a central item that a child will cherish.  Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box.

WOW Ideas can include: Soccer ball with manual pump; stuffed animal; Toys such as puppets (finger or otherwise), dolls, tennis ball; small Musical instrument (harmonica, woodwind recorder), an outfit to wear; shoes; a backpack.

Then fill up that box with any of these suggested items:

Toys:  Puzzles; foam ball; kickball (make sure to include a manual air pump); costume items to play dress-up, such as crowns and costume jewelry; yo-yo; small Frisbee; small kite; Plastic dinosaurs, puppets (finger or otherwise), trucks, boats, dolls (baby, Barbie, etc.), Slinky, Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, and noise (include extra batteries); Etch-A-Sketch; Hacky Sack; marbles; kaleidoscope; baseball and mitt.

School Supplies/Crafts and Accessories: pens, pencils and small manual pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, pencil case, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring pads/books; picture books, glue sticks (no liquid glue); play dough (consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough); watercolor set (finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper); stickers; skipping rope/jump rope; small adhesive tape; puzzles; binoculars; make-it-yourself craft items or kit; chalkboard and chalk; tool set; building blocks; tote bag/purse; sewing kit, fabric (1-2 yards) and ribbon; laminated decorative pictures with looped ribbon attached as a picture hanger; gardening kit with gloves and trowel hand tool (do not include gardening seeds); playing cards; fishing kit; brightly colored rope or twine; magnets.

Personal Care Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs/hairbrush, washcloths, Adhesive bandages (Colorful ones can help a child be more willing to wear a bandage. Do not include liquid antibiotic ointment.), Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or washcloths to maximize the space.), Blanket, Non-liquid lip balm, Flashlight (solar-powered or hand-crank; if battery operated, be sure to include extra batteries of the type needed), Compact mirror; nail clipper and file; stick deodorant; washable/reusable cloth menstrual pads.

Clothing and Accessories: Shirts and pants, underwear, shoes and socks, hats/scarf/mittens, loose-fitting sundress, flip-flops, pants, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches (wrist or otherwise), flashlights (with extra batteries), decorative hat; hair bows; tote bag/purse; bead jewelry/bead kit; bandana.

Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.