Updated for 2015
Operation Christmas Child helps millions annually.
The annual “Operation Christmas Child” shoe box gift appeal by Samaritan’s Purse is about to get started. In the United States, the 2015 collection week is November 16-23; in Canada it is November 16-22. Other participating countries likely have their own collection times.
My family has been packing shoe boxes for years, filling them up with all kinds of stuff for young boys and girls. We pack four boxes annually — two boxes for girls and two boxes for boys. I’m still maintaining an information page about this annual campaign — A Shoebox Full of Love: Operation Christmas Child — and regularly refer people to Samaritan Purse’s web page for detailed instructions.
I am also thrilled and praising God that in 2009 — a very difficult year for many people — more than 8.2 million boxes were donated. That’s amazing — so many people lost their homes, jobs and had other difficulties last year, but people still gave.
On occasion, someone will ask me what they should put in their shoe box. Well, start off with supplying love by praying to God to ask Him to bless the child who will receive your gift. Then, head off to the store and pick up items a child would love to receive including items on this list of 49 Christmas Shoe Box Stuffing Ideas:
|Stuffed animal||Washclothes||Writing paper||Books||Personal note||Ball cap||Hair braids|
|Silly bands||Toothbrush||Pens||Flashlight||Pictures||Jacks||Toy jewelry|
|Puzzles||T-shirt||Erasers||Decorations||Coloring book||Flash cards||Jump rope|
|Harmonica||Sunglasses||Stick glue||First aid kit||Crayons||Playing cards||Gloves|
|Squeeze ball||Bar soap||Supply pouch||Stickers||Devotional||Markers||Watch|
This list includes my ideas — you can add your own, but please do not send anything well used, breakable, war themed, food and other questionable items. Your package — even if you choose to wrap it — is inspected before it ships.
Finally, please include a check covering the cost of shipment for each box. Samaritan’s Purse is asking for you to donate at least $7 per box to help defray shipping costs. You’ll also be able to track your gift to find out which country it was sent to.
Remember — pray for the child who will be receiving your gift and please pray for this year’s campaign.
To God be the glory, great things he hath done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that all may go in.