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It’s time to start stocking up on everything you will need to pack an Operations Christmas Child Box! This is my families favorite outreach program that really helps us teach our girls about the spirit of giving and gives us a good reminder as well.

A little bit about OCC

Haiti Operation Christmas ChildThe program is run by Samaritan’s Purse. They delivers shoeboxes full of toys, toiletries, school supplies and candy to over 75 countries. It’s an opportunity to support children who may have never received a single gift in their entire lives.

I got to travel to Haiti with Samaritan’s Purse a few years ago to deliver shoeboxes; so I can tell you from personal experience that every item in each box will be treasured by the kid receiving it! After the kids get their gifts, they stay with the program, receive a bible program in their own language, and participate in a discipleship program that teaches them the Gospel of Jesus!

If you can’t decide about making a box, I urge you to watch this, it’s a glimpse of pure joy!

Tips for packing boxes

-Hit the sale or clearance deals first when you go to the store.
-Look for FREE or very cheap deals as you are shopping for your family.
-Look for Back To School Deals for cheap school supplies and more!

Things to include in your box:

-School Supplies
-Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
-Bar Soap
-Small Toys

There are a few things you will not want to include:

-Any candy that will melt (that means chocolate is out)
-Toys based off of weapons
-Liquids of any kind
-Items that may break or shatter
-Anything used or damaged

    • Christy Branstetter

      I love doing this every year! I purchase items all year long when they are on clearance, that way I can make more boxes. I went to an OCC event last year, the lady who had delivered boxes said the children’s favorite item to get is SOAP. Can you believe that? She said that the places where the children get the limited number of boxes have many children outside looking in the windows wishing they were inside to get a box. So sad. I hope this inspires someone to accept this mission. God bless you!

    • purplerain7898 .

      I would love to participate . once the box is packed where do i take it to be delivered out? wasnt able to play video above.

      • Hope

        Go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ and under “Pack a Shoebox”, select Frequently Asked Questions and one of the questions links to a place where you can search for a drop off location near you.

      • Katherine

        Lots of churches participate with this once it is that time of year (October-November). Here is a link to the Samaritan’s Purse Drop off locations:


        They currently only have their national drop off locations listed, but they say to check back after October 1st to find a location near you.

      • blessedwith2

        A lot of churches participate in this each year. Also Lifeway Christian Bookstores always collect boxes. It’s a great ministry

      • Janice

        If you go to the Operation Christmas Child website, there is a spot that will tell you a location close to you, I think it might even have had phone numbers and drop off times.

    • crystalgoodwin3

      My family has been doing this for years. Last year, we packed 13 boxes. We are hoping to pack 14 this year. I start every year in January when all the Christmas clearance is marked down to 75% off. The last few weeks we’ve been hitting all the school supply deals.
      This week I got some great deals at Michael’s. They had blow up rockets, 3 packs of glides, scented notebooks and scented pens plus balloons with hand pumps all marked down to .79. Target and Kmart has had Crayons for .25 these last 2 weeks. These are just a few examples. I can say that I do try to find boxes that are big enough to hold a notebook and a pack of notebook paper. A box that size will hold plenty of school supplies, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. plus there’s still room for some small toys. I recently found some really cute small dolls are the Dollar Tree.
      I hope everyone can find room in their heart and budget to pack at least 1 or 2 boxes. You can even pay the $7 postage online and then you can track your package to see which country it goes to. I think it’s a great way to teach children the importance of a giving heart and spirit. Everyone isn’t as fortunate we are. For most people, if you start now, you won’t even miss the few dollars a shoebox cost to pack.

    • dawg4

      I too plan to shop the back to school supplies sales for these show boxes. Just wondering, do the crayons hold up well, or do they melt?

    • Shirley

      I usually start right after I send the previous batch of boxes in. Thanksgiving and Christmas clearances are great for getting the toys and things you need for this. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap etc. you can collect throughout the year for free or cheap. Easter clearance is also great (this year was awesome! At Target’s Easter clearance, I got Mickey and Minnie 6″ soft toys for 25cents ea! Walgreens had paddle balls and jump ropes for 24cents ea!) Party City is also another good place to look at, they sometimes put out 40% off Qs in the local flyers (they are getting infrequent though) and I use them to get sunglasses and hard candy. A similar place is Oriental Trading Company, online party store. They have pretty good clearance sales, you can get points for buying and they have free shipping offers kinda regularly. I got some very sturdy and colorful bags from them for 40cents ea on clearance. One thing to note, they sell in bulk (in the dozens) so only if you are planning in dozen increments.
      Touch a life, send a shoebox!


      I let my young granddaughters do boxes for girls, but I have a hunch that there are fewer boxes for teen aged boys, so I do those – small tools from a dollar store, socks, soap, flashlight,etc. Last time, our boxes went to Burkina Faso, often described as the poorest country on earth. It made me so happy to imagine some young man cherishing the items in his box!

    • Kimberlee Powell

      I noticed that you put toothpaste on the list of things to pack… Do you think things like chapstick is packable? I wasn’t sure if it would melt…