Operation Christmas Child
Shoebox Collection 2020
How do I get shoeboxes?
- There are some free cardboard boxes at CrossLife that anyone can use to pack.
- You can have Samaritan’s Purse fill and prepare a box for a child.
- There are plastic shoeboxes that can be purchased for $2.99 at Hobby Lobby. Operation Christmas Child will put tape around each box to ensure it stays closed.
- Or, you can use one or more of your own shoeboxes or plastic shoeboxes (Dollar Tree, etc) and fill them with items.
What should be packed?
How to Pack a Shoebox instructions are online and should include a $9 donation to cover mailing and project costs. They are encouraging that essentials for a child be packed first, then a few treats. Many children lack hygiene items such as toothbrushes, brushes, combs, hand towels, and wash clothes. These small items can be packed and consume little room, which will allow space for a treat such as handballs or pencils, crayons, flip flops….
Mark each box with the age and gender of the child the box is intended for.
Add a personal card from you to the child, if you wish.
Go to www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box for ideas.
What shouldn’t be packed?
Candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
When do they need to be dropped off?
Drop off at CrossLife no later than November 15th, 2020.
Can I donate money or supplies?
You can donate $9 or more and not pack a box. Make a check out to CrossLife and Patricia will ensure that there will be a filled box to go with your donation. Or go to Operation Christmas Child www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/ways-to-give/ to give online.
Deliver supplies to the church by November 1st, this will allow time for us to purchase other items and pack shoeboxes.