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Operation Christmas Child: Fun Way to Give to Others

With the holidays coming up, I'd like to tell you about Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is an organization that my family has donated to for several years through our church.

It's easy to help! All you have to do is fill a shoe box with little toys and treats. When packing your box, you choose whether you want to pack for a boy or girl – and the age range of the child.

As you can see to the left, here is the box I made. Our church is collecting boxes through Nov.14th, so I picked up some dollar items at Target to fill the boxes. They also need health and beauty items. A good place to look is the travel section for the trial-size items.

I am going to be making 6 boxes for girls and 6 boxes for boys! My son Cam helps me too, pick out items for the boxes and package them. He's helped me since he was really little with this project!


Here is a great list of what to include: 

  • Hard candy, gum
  • Pencils, colored pencils, and sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Pencil case
  • Crayons
  • Pens
  • A personal letter and photo
  • About Me page
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Safety scissors
  • Coloring book
  • Markers
  • Notepads
  • Stickers
  • Self-inking stamp
  • Tennis shoes
  • Socks
  • Water shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Hand held toys
  • Plush small animals
  • Balls: Tennis balls, bouncy balls, Wiffle balls
  • Jigsaw puzzle
  • Finger puppets
  • Silly Putty
  • Silly Bands
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarves
  • Bandanas
  • Gloves
  • Small flannel throw (Roll it up! It will fit!)
  • Necklace
  • Watch
  • Hat
  • Shoelaces
  • Bean bag
  • Hacky sack
  • Small dry erase board and markers
  • Teddy bear
  • Unopened Happy Meal toy
  • Toy binoculars
  • Inflatable balls
  • Legos
  • Solar-powered flashlight
  • Harmonicas
  • Recorder
  • Tambourine
  • Jump rope
  • Paddle ball
  • Yo yo’s
  • Handheld Etch A Sketch
  • Small board books
  • Slinky
  • Flash cards
  • Miniature checkerboard and checkers
  • T-shirts
  • Plastic poncho in packet
  • Drawstring bag
  • Balloons
  • Crafting kit (beads, etc)
  • Toy toolkit set (Thanks, Jenia!)
  • Plastic eating utensils
  • Sippy cup/cup with a lid

Health and Beauty Items:

  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Dental floss
  • Mild soap (Please put in plastic bag or travel container.)
  • Toothpaste (This too! Be sure it’s in a plastic bag.)
  • Toothbrush
  • Colorful bandages
  • Hand wipes
  • Small pack colorful tissues
  • Lip balm
  • Emery board/nail clippers

Operation Christmas Child Ideas for Girls

  • Package of multi-colored Sharpies
  • Travel sewing kit (10-14 girl)
  • Fat Quarter bundles (10-14 girl)
  • Hair ribbons
  • Ponytail holders
  • Barrettes
  • Small pots/pans with spatula
  • Bangle bracelets
  • Clip-on earrings
  • Doll
  • Pom poms
  • Purse
  • Hand mirror (unbreakable)

Operation Christmas Child Box Ideas for Boys

  • Ball cap
  • Soccer ball with pump
  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Kazoos
  • Compass
  • Screwdriver  (10-14 boy, must be in original packaging)
  • Screws  (10-14 boy, must be in original packaging + zipper bag)
  • LED keychain  (10-14 boy)
  • Duct tape (10-14 boy)
  • Tape measure (10-14 boy)


Here it is in printable form, so you can print off and take to the store!

Also, you'll want to print this letter to include in your boxes.


This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built. Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.


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