How to Pack a Shoebox:
Use a box you already have or pick up a shoebox at the table in the hallway outside the church offices on Sunday mornings starting November 5. If you wrap the box, please wrap the lid separately.
Boy or Girl
Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box. If you choose to donate online and follow your box, print the label provided at checkout.
Fill With Gifts
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions below).
Include $9 Donation Per Box
Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $9 for each gift you prepare. You can give online (to Samaritan's Purse) to follow your box to it's destination. Or, you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation. Note: "Follow Your Box" is only available through online giving.
Ask God to use your gifts to show his love to the child who will receive your shoebox.
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to church by Sunday, November 19 or find a Samaritan's Purse drop-off location.
Start with a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. Then add other items suggested below. Visit Operation Christmas Child's website for age/gender specific suggestions and FAQs.
Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
School Supplies: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Non-liquid Hygiene Items: Toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.
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.
Do Not Include:
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; candy; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; toothpaste; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
New in 2017: No candy or toothpaste is allowed in boxes due to customs regulations!