National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 17-24, so we’re working on putting our boxes together!
We collect items all throughout the year; back-to-school sales are a great time to stock up, and end-of-season clearance sales at places like Target are awesome for assorted things I’d never be able to find if I waited til November. Surprisingly, post-holiday sales yield plenty of things that aren’t strictly related to the holiday. After Valentine’s Day, for instance, I found some cute stuffed animals (like the striped frog below) and girly socks for 90% off!
Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
No worries if you haven’t already bought shoebox stuffers; there’s still time to find plenty of goodies and make a child very happy! Samaritan’s Purse has a great video with tips on how to pack a shoebox. They’ve listed some suggested items, and you can also check out my 100 Shoebox Ideas for Girls or Amy’s 100 Shoebox Ideas for Boys.
We’re packing a dozen boxes this time. I’m going to have to make one more store run for a few additional things to properly finish filling the boxes. I like to include some hard candy (like lollipops) and I want to get toothbrushes and such, too.
Next year (I keep saying that every year), I want to have a shoebox packing party. Operation Christmas Child is already such a great way for kids to participate in blessing others, but making it into a party with hot cocoa and friends would be so much fun!
I’d also love to volunteer at a processing center. It’s too late to sign up for that this year, but if you’re interested, check here to find out if there’s a processing center near you and they’ll email you next year when sign-ups open.
–> Will you be packing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox this year?
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