Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry

We love doing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes each year!


We have an OCC box that sits on our schoolroom shelf all year round, just waiting for anything we come across that would fit in a shoebox and make a good little gift. We’re always on the lookout for OCC goodies in the $1 section at places like Target and Walmart.

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By this time of year, our OCC box is usually pretty full. In the next month, we’ll decide how many shoesboxes we want to pack this year, and then look at how much more we’ll need to fill those boxes. I prefer to use plastic shoeboxes because they seem more durable. I’ve recently learned that you can use just about any size box, but regular size/shape boxes make it easier for the Samaritan’s Purse folks to pack all the boxes for shipping.

It gets more fun once we have the actual shoeboxes we’ll pack. We set our boxes out, divide up what we already have, and then make or buy more gifts to stuff those boxes up as full as we can get them! This year I hope to include more homemade gifts than we have in previous years.

Love in a {Operation Christmas Child} shoebox!

This ministry is a fun way to share the love of Jesus, and it’s something you can get your kids involved in, too! Samaritan’s Purse tells you how to pack an OCC shoebox, and this pinboard has great ideas of what to pack! Then search for a drop-off location near you so your little shoebox can start a journey that has the potential to change lives!

Operation Christmas ChildNational Collection Week is November 12-19, 2012!

I invite you to join me in preparing OCC boxes. If you blog about it, please add your link here. And if you tweet it, use #OCCboxes.

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As a member of iHomeschool Network’s Samaritan’s Purse Blogger Team, I write about the ministry on a volunteer basis. All posts are my own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Samaritan’s Purse. I am not an employee, agent, or contractor of Samaritan’s Purse.

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  1. says

    Jamie, I love how you prepare for your boxes all year! What a great idea, and one that has eluded me til now. :-) I usually rush around at the last minute. In fact, we missed the deadline last year. to me, this means I haven’t give this ministry a high enough priority — which it deserves — in my mind, my schedule, OR my heart. And if I don’t, how can I expect my children to do so?

    Thanks for this timely reminder.

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