The amazing journey of a simple shoebox gift begins with YOU! Operation Christmas Child is a campaign where shoeboxes are filled with wonderful items for children in need. Since 1993, more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes have been delivered to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

Here is how YOU can get involved:

  • Create your own gift-filled shoebox (include $9 shipping fee)
  • Donate the items needed to fill the boxes (see below).
  • Donate money to pay for extra boxes that will be packed.

Shoeboxes and additional info will be available October 7th in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall.

Bring your gift-filled shoebox to church by Nov 11th.

Please contact Ally Meehan with any questions: [email protected]

Suggestions of the items that you can use to create a gift-filled box or to donate:

Personal Care Items

  • Comb/hairbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Washcloth
  • Bar soap
  • Adhesive bandages (colorful ones)
  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl
  • Nail clipper and file (ages 5-9, 10-14)
  • Stick deodorant (ages 5-9, 10-14)

Clothing and Accessories

  • Shirts and pants
  • Underwear
  • Shoes and socks
  • Flip-flops
  • Hat/scarf/mittens
  • Hair bows/ties
  • Tote bag/purse
  • Bead jewelry/bead kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Drawstring bag
  • Wrist watch (ages 5-9, 10-14)
  • Bandana (ages 5-9, 10-14)

School Supplies

  • Pencils/pens/erasers
  • Small manual pencil sharpener
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil case/ruler
  • Crayons/markers
  • Notebooks/index cards

Crafts and Activities

  • Coloring pads/books
  • Picture book
  • paint set/paint brushes
  • Building blocks
  • Playdough/plastic cookie cutters
  • Stickers
  • Puzzles
  • Chalkboard and chalk
  • Tool set
  • Make-it-yourself craft items or kit
  • Magnets
  • Skipping rope/jump rope
  • Playing cards

Toys

  • Foam ball/tennis ball
  • Kickball/soccer ball (with manual air pump)
  • Finger puppets
  • Stuffed animal
  • Doll
  • Slinky
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Play cars/trucks/boats
  • Plastic tools
  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)
  • Baseball and mitt
  • Plastic animals, action figures

(nothing war-related)

  • Yo-yo (ages 5-9, 10-14)
  • Hacky sack (ages 5-9, 10-14)