Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes (5-9 Boy, 5-9 Girl, and 10-14 Boy)

What We Packed In Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

In honor of the last day of this years National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, I wanted to share what we packed in our boxes this year!

You will notice that our boxes are really full. When we got home from shopping I was like “Holy cow! Am I going to be able to fit everything in our boxes?!”

I almost searched the house for a another box to use. However, I decided to try and get everything to fit – and I did! I just barely got the lid closed! I figured if the packers at the collection center can’t get everything back inside, then some of our extra can go to a box that’s a little empty for whatever reason.

Or maybe whoever gets our boxes will need the extra items for someone at home! You never know how God is going to work things out!

Anyways, if you are trying to maximize the space in your box, I took step by step pictures for two of our boxes that show how I fit everything in there.

Without further ado, the boxes…

5-9 Girl

What We Packed In Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

What’s Inside

  • Two packs of stickers
  • Flip flops
  • Small storage container
  • Two pairs of socks
  • Two pencil sharpeners
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils
  • Bandana
  • Doll
  • Small ball
  • Alphabet blocks
  • Washcloth
  • Necklace and bracelet set
  • Hair ties
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste set
  • Headbands
  • Crayons
  • Notebook
  • Soap
  • Eraser

How It All Fit!

First, we placed in the bandana.

What We Packed In Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

The stickers went on the bottom.

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Followed by the storage container with the lid underneath and the notebook to the side. Then, I started filling up the container with soft items.

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

I squeezed as much as I could into that small container.

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

I slid the pencils in the back behind the container and the toothbrush set in the front of the container. Then, I started placing the remaining items on the left side of the box and a few more small things in the container.

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Once it was all in there I set the flip flops on top.

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

And folded the bandana overtop.

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

We wrote a message on the inside of our box too! 🙂

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Make sure to add those rubber bands to make sure it stays closed!

5-9 Boy

 

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What’s Inside

  • Flip flops
  • Plain t-shirt
  • Soccer ball
  • Pump
  • Pencils
  • Dolphin toy
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste set
  • Small plastic container
  • Three cars
  • Two pencil sharpeners
  • Notebook
  • Four small washcloths
  • Small ball
  • Eraser
  • Bandana
  • Rubber bands (not pictured)
  • Soap (not pictured)
  • Twine (not pictured)

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There it is all snug in there! This one took some fiddling to be able to fit both the big soccer ball and the flip flops – but it worked!

10-14 Boy

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After I found out that this age group is the one with the least boxes packed, I knew I had to pack one! I still can’t believe how much I was able to get in this box! My only regret is that I wish I would have snuck in a few more toys – big kids like to play too!

What’s Inside

  • Bandana
  • Two screwdrivers
  • Two rolls of duct tape
  • Small tarp
  • Notepad
  • Two rolls of twine
  • Two pencil sharpeners
  • Two erasers
  • Pencils
  • Rubber ball
  • Small playground ball
  • Bungee cords
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste pack
  • Small storage container
  • Rubber bands
  • Two microfiber towels
  • Soap
  • Ball pump

How It All Fit In

Let’s break down this one too…

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

I again started with the bandana on the bottom. Then, I folded the tarp and put that on the bottom too.

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

I put some of the small things, like the sharpeners and erasers at the end of the tarp and then put the container on top.

 

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Once again, anything squishy went in the container – the ball, bungee cords, towels. Taking things out the packages to save space is key! I slid the toothbrush pack in the back and the screwdrivers in the front and the pump fit next to the plastic container.

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Using a little rearranging, everything else found a place where there was room.

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Wrap it up with the bandana and squeeze that lid shut!

 

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Yay! All our boxes all packed up! Another great year for Operation Christmas Child. I think this next year we are going to pick up shoebox gifts as we see them on sale and keep them in a tub until it’s shoebox time again!

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

 

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Comments

  1. Chelsea Sheets says:

    Where did you find the mini pump and ball?

  2. Carmen morales says:

    Where can I send some boxes to be given away for Christmas

  3. I’m looking to do a box for a boy 10-14 this year. Can I ask what you think they do with the items like tarp, duct tape, bungee cords etc? I ask so I can get ideas flowing and know how to select items! These look great!

  4. I don’t think you should put American flags in the boxes that are going to Muslim countries as shown in your box for 5 to 9 year olds. This is no use to the child. would probally be removed from them (no young child likes having a present taken away) or could single them out for bullying.

    • That is a good suggestion. However, the boxes are screened by OCC and I doubt they would send an American flag somewhere like that. I know my children would love to receive a flag from the country a gift came from, so it probably depends on the child/location. Since OCC does not have a rule about it, it is up to individual discretion.

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