Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Shoeboxes are packed with gifts of small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, t-shirts and sunglasses, etc. Every box is delivered with love AND with a gospel message! For more information, please visit the Operation Christmas Child official website.
Plastic shoe boxes
We always need containers to pack items in.
There are a wide variety of clothing items appropriate for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes! For example:
T-shirts – Shirts without writing are best. English is not the primary language in many of the OCC countries and kids may not even understand what is written on their shirts. There’s also a culture gap.
Shorts, especially those with elastic waistbands so they last and fit longer.
Skirts, especially with elastic waistbands
Flip Flops/Shoes – These are especially important because shoes help kids who have to walk long distances to get to school or to get water from a well.
Socks – These are key…it gets cold at night even though the days are hot.
Handmade “Pillowcase” Dresses
Not sure what toys to donate? One meaningful gift is a soccer ball and pump, an incredible gift to give because a child can share it with friend.
Small Stuffed Animal
Beach Balls/Balls with pump
Small Etch a Sketch
Small instrument/ Kazoo
Ball and jacks
Toothbrush* (No toothpaste)
A few things to note:
- Liquids are not accepted.
- Wet wipes are accepted however because wet wipes do not have enough liquid to spill out into the shoebox so they are OK to include in your gift.
- Starting in 2017, toothpaste cannot be included in shoebox gifts, but a child’s oral hygiene can still be improved by regular use of a toothbrush alone.
- Toothbrushes can only be accepted if they are in SEALED packing. That means if you buy a five-pack of toothbrushes, please leave them packaged…one child will receive all five. But that’s ok - those toothbrushes may be all the entire family ever has.
Crayons (Crayola brand, others will melt)
Small picture books
Flashlight with batteries
Fishing line/ supplies
Don’t forget “Wow” items
Wow items surprise and delight a child. Some great items to include are:
Please keep in mind the size of a shoebox when making purchases.
NO liquids or candy of any kind including toothpaste.
God has already chosen a child to receive your shoebox. Thank you.
Item of the Month
Buy an item each month to create a shoebox that will delight a child at Christmas.