Friday, October 25, 2013

83 Ideas For Packing Your Shoebox

With the early snowfall it's hard not to hear the distant jingle of a Christmas bell.  We live in a society of privilege and even now may already be storing away gifts to give our family and friends come that jolly day in December.  So often we take our blessings for granted and forget that much of the world is struggling just to survive.  Operation Christmas Child makes it their mission to see that we don't forget - that we take a step back from our selfish natures and think of someone else.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child who isn't so lucky as our own children.

The boxes arrived this week and we are encouraging you to take up the challenge.  Stuff a shoebox full with little joys that will bring hope to a child in a desperate situation.  And to help you face this challenge with confidence we've pulled together a list of 83 ideas to get you on your way.
  1. Notepads/post its
  2. Coloring books
  3. Markers/crayons
  4. Pencils/pencil crayons
  5. Pencil sharpener
  6. Erasers
  7. Pens
  8. Pencil case
  9. Safety scissors
  10. Glue stick
  11. Ruler
  12. Solar calculator
  13. Stickers
  14. Self-inking stamp
  15. Water color set & paint brush
  16. Little crafting kit - beads
  17. Travel sewing kit 
  18. Dry erase board & markers
  19. Duct tape
  20. Tape measure
  21. Comb
  22. Brush
  23. Dental Floss
  24. Soap (put in plastic baggie)
  25. Toothbrush
  26. Small hand mirror - unbreakable
  27. Colorful bandages
  28. Baby wipes
  29. Wash cloth
  30. Hand towel
  31. Tissues
  32. Chapstick
  33. Emery boards
  34. Nail clippers
  35. Hair ribbons
  36. Ponytail holders
  37. Barrettes
  38. Hairbands
  39. Bracelets
  40. Necklace
  41. Clip-on earrings
  42. Hat
  43. Ball cap
  44. Gloves
  45. Bandanas
  46. Scarf
  47. Shoelaces
  48. Sunglasses
  49. Socks
  50. T-shirt
  51. Flip flops
  52. Watch
  53. Plastic poncho in packet
  54. Individual sealed play-doughs
  55. Silly putty
  56. Small stuffed animals or dolls
  57. Inflatable beach balls
  58. Bouncy balls
  59. Slinkies
  60. Finger puppets
  61. Legos
  62. Jigsaw puzzle
  63. Mini magnetic checker board & checkers
  64. Flash cards
  65. Picture books
  66. Bean bag
  67. Hacky sack
  68. Balloons
  69. Toy binoculars
  70. Jump rope
  71. Paddle ball
  72. Yo yo's
  73. Harmonica
  74. Recorder
  75. Tambourine
  76. Kazoo
  77. Toy cars/trucks
  78. Compass
  79. Solar-powered flashlight
  80. Glow sticks
  81. Hard candy
  82. Plastic eating utensils
  83. Toy pots & pans

And to finish it off why not include a personal letter and a photo!

Be sure to bring your boxes back to the church by November 10.

Happy packing! 


  1. Thanks Alanna for putting together this list. Looks great but no lip balm. Could this list be printed and put near the Shoe Box Tree? Thanks again, Pamela

    1. Thanks Pamela - I'll make that change and be sure a list is posted :)