OCC Shoebox Ideas!

November 8, 2016

Here are some ideas of what to put in your shoeboxes for

Operation Christmas Child.


Eating utensils.

Most children never have used eating utensils and a lot of them that go places to get food, don't have away to hold their food, or take any home. You can find cheap utensils at Walmart.













Stuff Water Bottles

Water bottles are great for shoeboxes, but you can also use them to save space by stuffing them with toiletries, marbles, socks, a t-shirt...etc 



Sports Balls

How do you fit them in? You deflate them! Just make sure to include a small pump. 


Laundry Line.

Include clothes pins and line to help young girls with their chores. 


Sewing Kits.

Sewing kits are also great to girls with their chores and help them repair their clothes.


Fishing Kits (that are safe).

Make sure your items are approved to go in the shoebox, but send some fishing supplies to a little boy. 



Socks, Underwear, clothes, hats...

A fresh pair of anything is great for kids who rarely get new clothing



Hygiene Items

toothpaste, floss, toothbrushes, brushes/combs, lip balm, wash cloth, deodorant, mild bar soap, Bandaids, compact mirror, nail clippers or file...etc


Here are some WOW items to put in your boxes:

  •  Baby Doll

  • Puppets

  • Barbies

  • Bead set for jewelry

  • Stuffed Animal

  • Sports Balls

  • Baseball Mitt and ball

  • toy trucks

  • Hot Wheels cars (or like items) 

Other Items:

  • Whistle

  • Musical instruments 

  • Yo-Yo 

  • Play-Do

  • Watch

  • Sandals

  • Sunglasses

  • Jumprope

  • Make up

  • Nailpolish

  • Hair supplies 

  • umbrella/ raincoat

  • Most anything fun in the toy section at the Dollar Tree/ $.99 Store


Here are some other great links that we found useful:

Girls Box ideas 10-14 yrs

Boys Box Ideas 10-14 yrs

101 things to put in a shoebox







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