Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Presents: It’s That Time of Year Again!

Now that it is November, it is time to think about the holidays again.

And, it’s also time to think about making Operation Christmas Child shoebox presents, for those children who are less fortunate.

I am hoping to make more presents this year, and make some with friends.

Here is the website, for more information on Operation Christmas Child, and what it is about.

Here are some ideas for what to put in the boxes, if you decide to make some:

  • Flip-flops
  • T-shirts
  • Puzzles
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Stuffed animal toys/dolls
  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Hair ties
  • Hats
  • Bars of soap
  • Wash cloths
  • Band-aids
  • Crayons
  • COlored pencils
  • Markers
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hand warmers
  • Stickers
  • Paint (watercolor)
  • Paint brushes
  • Brushes
  • COmbs
  • Ink pads
  • Stamps for ink pads
  • Coloring books
  • Recorders
  • Rubber duckies
  • Decks of cards
  • Toy cars
  • Toy binoculars
  • Frisbees
  • Balls (footballs, basketballs, bouncy balls, soccer balls, etc.), with pumps for those that need to be pumped up
  • Slinkies
  • Jump ropes
  • Yo-yos
  • Dress up jewelry
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Solar calculators
  • Mini checkers sets
  • Mini chess sets
  • Hair clips
  • Small purses
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Folders
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Plastic forks
  • Plastic knives
  • Plastic spoons
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain ponchos
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Drawstring bags
  • Backpacks
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Lollipops
  • Hard candy mints
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Deodorant
  • PJs
  • Pencil cases
  • Bandanas
  • Flannel throws
  • Harmonicas
  • Paddle balls
  • Toy tool kit sets
  • Sippy cups
  • Dental floss
  • Small packs of facial tissue
  • Emery boards
  • Nail clippers
  • Multi-colored Sharpies
  • Travel sewing kits
  • Hair ribbons
  • Pom poms (like those used in sporting events)
  • Hand mirrors (that don’t break)
  • Glue sticks
  • Bland cards (to write to friends and family)
  • Scissors (blunt for younger kids)
  • Jackets
  • Pants
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Journals
  • Headbands

They ask that you do NOT include liquids, war-related items, and a few other items, which can be viewed on their website.

Enjoy, and please consider making some shoebox presents for those in need!

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