WFMW: Operation Shoebox

I’m always looking for ways to teach my kids gratitude. This week, we are filling empty shoeboxes with toys, toothpaste, stickers, crayons and small gifts to give it to an impoverished child for Christmas!

For several years, we’ve participated in Operation Christmas Child. It’s easy and it teaches a profound lesson during this Thanksgiving season! Follow these simple steps:

HOW TO PACK A SHOE BOX (from Operation Christmas Child)


Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.


Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.


Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.


Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our EZGIVE option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.


Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at the Collection Center nearest you during the collection week.

Operation Christmas Child delivers thousands and thousands of filled shoeboxes at Christmas to underprivileged children all over the world.

It’s a wonderful idea to do with your children. We are filling ours this week!

DROP OFF DEADLINE is NOV. 19, so hurry!

Have you ever participated?

repost from the archives


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    This is our first year participating in OCC. The kids loved it! We made our donations online and got a barcode label so we can track our boxes. It will help us pray better for the children who receive them.

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    Jenn says

    OCC has become a tradition for our family. I think it all really sinks in with my kids when we pray over the boxes for the child who is going to receive each one.

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    No I have never done it. But we have participated in buying gifts (anonymously) for children in need (from a list) and then we take it to the church, who then gives it to the families participating in the program. We had so much fun picking out gifts as a family. Thanks for hosting this week!

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    Kimber says

    Last year we packed three boxes and we were hooked! This year I shopped the sales all year long to stock up. I invited some friends over tonight – we made hairbows and packed the boxes. I think there will be around 15! I am so thrilled. I love this ministry.

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    I love Operation Christmas Child! We did a “packing party” at church this past Sunday and packed 75 boxes! The ladies at the drop-off center were super excited when I showed up with my SUV loaded to the hilt! :) This is what kicks off the Christmas season for our family.

    Thanks for hosting the link-up! I just stumbled onto your blog today and I am loving it!

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    we have packed boxes for occ for about 9 years now…. now our church is a relay enter and my wife and i are in charge of collecting boxes from the community… we have been relay coordinators for about 5 years now and enjoy it very much…..we have three children ages 18, 15 and 13 and they also help and they have helped with packing boxes ever since they were little….. wow what a great ministry…it is awesome to see how God works with just a powerful simple gift…

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