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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Have you packed your Operation Christmas Child boxes yet??

Collection week starts in just 17 days so you need to get on this!  Seriously, this is one of our favorite traditions every fall and what kicks off the holiday season in our house.  If you’ve never packed an Operation Christmas Child box, these are shoe boxes that get sent over seas to kids all over the world.

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To make it super easy to pack a box this year, OCC has teamed up with Hobby Lobby, head in and you’ll find signs all over the store marking items that would be great for a shoebox.  I also recommend checking out the stocking stuffer area that is near the Christmas decorations and getting small items that can fill the extra nooks and crannies in the box (bouncy balls, stickers, etc.)

There are a few things that I think every box needs (I went and helped distribute boxes in Haiti a few years ago and these were items kids loved or needed):

Sunglasses – get cheap pairs from conventions etc.
School Supplies – pencils, pencil sharpener, crayons, scissors
Toothpaste & Toothbrush
Pair of Socks
Wash Cloth

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You can pick what gender and age range your box is for so think about what that kid would love the most and go to it.  See this sweet little guy above, he wouldn’t smile or interact at all, his box was filled with a toy train and blocks and instantly he just came alive.  His box didn’t have anything else really in it, but that was exactly what his little heart needed.

Once you pack your boxes, you can find collection sites all over the country.  Also, register your box before you drop it off and you’ll get to find out what country your box went too!

For more ideas check out a video I did a few years ago with Operation Christmas Child:

    • Crystal Goodwin

      This is something my daughter and I do every year. And we love it.
      Last year, we did 15 good size shoeboxes. I work really hard all year to find the bigger size boxes. We received 2 letter this year. 1 came in May and the other in July. One was from a 8 year old little girl and the other was from a teenage girl. One box even had a picture of the little girl and her sister. Both letters came from Africa.
      It was awesome.

    • Janice

      I read an article from a lady who is a missionary and has had OCC come a couple of times where she is at- she made a comment that in all my years of shoeboxes I never thought about. She said to put the soap and toothbrushes in holders. That a lot of these kids are bathing/ brushing in a “lake” and /or having to lay their toothbrushes in filthy places. She also said that stuffed animals scare some children, because their point of reference is different (i.e. we would find a stuffed lion cute, they would think about the one that almost ate their relative). I think this a very great activity for families to do, and I’m glad that you promote it so much!

      • tdk

        I try to use the small plastic boxes (I think they are considered shoe boxes) made by Sterilite or Rubbermaid. I just saw a pack of 5 on clearance at Target for about $5. I’ve also gotten them from Michael’s. That way they have a reusable box to keep their stuff in.