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 The amazing journey of a Christmas shoebox begins with you….




How To Pack Your Christmas Shoebox

Find your shoebox

Find an average size shoebox. If you want to wrap it, please cover the lid and box separately. We need to be able to open and check the contents inside. You may wish to decorate your shoebox with Christmas stickers, wrapping paper. Please keep in mind the children will probably keep their box so anything special or creative will be much appreciated.


Pick your gift group

There are 6 different groups you can choose from


AGES 2-4, 5-9, 10-14. 

Once you have completed your gift box please leave a note indicating which gender and age group you have selected.



How to pack your boxes 

Start off with your “awesome toy” such as a doll, soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal.

Then fill the box with other gifts such as small toys, personal hygiene items and school supplies.

You may enclose a card to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. 


Included $45 Donation

A donation of $45 covers $10 to help with shipping and $35 for a medical checkup. 

50 Ideas of what to pack in your Operation Christmas Child Boxes:

1.     Crayons

2.     Coloring books

3.     Flip flops

4.     T-shirts

5.     Ball

6.     Bar soap

7.     Bracelets

8.     Bandana

9.     Pencils & pens

10.  Pencil sharpener

11.  Craft duct tape

12.  Travel size games – checkers, chess

13.  Deck of cards

14.  Hacky sack

15.  Harmonica

16.  Yo-Yo

17.  Hat

18.  Glue sticks

19.  Scissors

20.  Small stuffed animal

21.  Pom poms

22.  Glitter

23.  Small crafting kit

24.  Post-It notes

25.  Highlighters

26.  Small notebook

27.  Chalk

28.  Watercolor paint sets

29.  Play-Doh

30.  Small Etch-a-Sketch

31.  Socks

32.  Backpack

33.  Plastic cup

34.  Straws

35.  Scarf

36.  Jump rope

37.  Glow sticks

38.  Batteries

39.  Matchbox cars

40.  Finger puppets

41.  Silly Putty

42.  Balloons

43.  Toothbrush (not toothpaste)

44.  Washcloth

45.  Wet wipes

46.  Travel pack of tissues

47.  Chapstick

48.  Hair ties

49.  Band-Aids

50.  Hair brush




Ideas For Older Boys:

·       Tools – hammer, screwdriver, wrench or pliers, duct tape, measuring tape

·       Fishing supplies – add in a small fishing kit, fishing line, hooks

·       Binoculars

·       Plastic Magnifying Glass

·       Watch

·       Handkerchief

·       Collapsible water bottle

·       Harmonica

Ideas For Older Girls:

·       Small sewing kit

·       Clip on earrings

·       Bracelets

·       Barrettes

·       Coin purse

·       Sticky notes

·       Watercolor paint set

·       Yarn

·       Colored Sharpies, highlighters, or markers

·       A friendship bracelet with extra string so they can make more

·       Ink pad and stamp set

·       Bath sponge

Also, here are a few ideas as far as suggestions for all ages:

·       TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-             yos, jump ropes, balls

·       SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colouring and                 picture books

·       NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

·       ACCESSORIES: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewellery, watches, wind up flashlights

What is NOT allowed in the Christmas gift boxes? 

·       Candy

·       Toothpaste

·       Gum

·       Used or damaged items

·       War related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures

·       Chocolate or food, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks

·       Drink mixes (powdered or liquid) liquids or lotions

·       Medications or vitamins

·       Breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers

·       Aerosol cans

·       Any toys that need batteries

Additional tips for packing your Christmas gift box:

·       Pack soap in a plastic bag to keep the scent from taking over the whole box and so that nothing leaks.

·       Remove packaging from your items so that you allow for more room in your box and so they don't have much trash to throw               away.

·       Don't send anything that has directions/writing in English (i.e. toys with instructions, games that require kids to read English.)             Since these boxes go to non-English speaking country it's worth only including things that are understood internationally.

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