A Look Inside My Operation Christmas Child Boxes

This is my second year participating in Operation Christmas Child and I felt much more prepared this time around. After filling boxes last year, I formed a sort of list in my mind of what I should be gathering  and I was able to shop throughout the year to spread the cost over several months.

Starting off, I knew I wanted each box to include school supplies, a water bottle w/filtered straw, stickers, toys, hygiene items, and hard candy. From there, I watched sales, shopping mainly after major holidays to gather the best deals. I bought wonderful little stationary and sticker sets after Christmas, cards and heart shaped pencil sharpeners after Valentine’s Day, and school supplies in August. Some items, like the water bottles, chap-stick  and hair combs never seemed to go on sale so I picked those up at my local Dollar Tree. I supplemented my purchased items with things I already had on hand, including several sets of markers, wooden nativity scenes, wooden tops, and beanie babies. Finally, I finished each box with a pillow-case bag sewn out of fabric from my stash.

Below is a photo run down of what went in each of the 10 boxes.

In Each Box: wooden nativity play set, hard candy suckers, variety of stickers, small notepad, stationary set (including pencil, eraser, small pencil sharpener and tiny notepad), pencils & extra erasers, pens, toothbrush & toothpaste, water bottle with filtering straw, wooden top, comb, chapstick, colored pencils, crayons, markers, ivory soap (not pictured), and a Christmas Card w/photo & personal note (not pictured)

 

Box 1, Girl ages 10-14: 2 beanie babies, hair ties & clips, princess themed erasers, 2 pairs of socks, “Miracle in the Manger” book, compressed “Princess and the Frog” washcloth, LCD flashlight key chain, Easter egg filled with glitter silly putty, heart-shaped pencil sharpener, party gemstone-shaped rings, and princess themed pillowcase bag

Box 2, Girl ages 10-14: 2 beanie babies, hair ties & clips, princess themed erasers, 2 pairs of socks, heart bookmark, compressed “Cinderella” washcloth, small green-glittered box, heart-shaped pencil sharpener, party gemstone-shaped rings, and princess themed pillowcase bag

Box 3, Girl ages 5-9: 2 beanie babies, hair ties & clips, princess themed erasers, 2 pairs of socks, Princess Poster, compressed Minnie Mouse washcloth, LCD flashlight key chain, Easter egg filled with glitter silly putty, heart-shaped pencil sharpener, party gemstone-shaped rings, princess themed jump rope, and princess themed pillowcase bag

Box 4, Girl ages 5-9: 3 beanie babies, hair ties & clips, princess themed erasers, 2 pairs of socks, compressed fairy washcloth, LCD flashlight key chain, Easter egg filled with glitter silly putty, heart-shaped pencil sharpener, party gemstone-shaped rings, princess themed jump rope, and princess themed pillowcase bag

Box 5, Girl ages 5-9: 2 beanie babies, hair ties & clips, princess themed erasers, 2 pairs of socks, compressed fairy washcloth, LCD flashlight key chain, Easter egg filled with glitter silly putty, heart-shaped pencil sharpener, party gemstone-shaped rings, princess themed jump rope, Chaucer’s First Christmas paperback book, and princess themed pillowcase bag

Box 6, Boy ages 5-9: 2 beanie babies, Batman themed compressed washcloth, matchbox car, Easter egg filled with glitter silly putty, heart-shaped pencil sharpener, transportation themed erasers, small Awana Cubbies teddy bear, pair of underwear, pair of socks, plastic dinosaur playset, and blue pillowcase bag

Box 7, Boy ages 10-14: 2 beanie babies, Spiderman themed compressed washcloth, heart-shaped pencil sharpener, transportation themed erasers, 2 pairs of underwear, pair of socks, multi-tipped screwdriver, box of nails & screws, box of washers, and blue pillowcase bag

Box 8, Boy ages 10-14: 2 beanie babies, Scobby Doo themed compressed washcloth, small notepad with attached pen, transportation themed erasers, pair of underwear, pair of socks, multi-tipped screwdriver, Tom’s drawstring bag, and blue pillowcase bag

Box 9, Boy ages 5-9: 2 beanie babies, Spiderman themed compressed washcloth, matchbox car, transportation themed erasers, small Awana Cubbies teddy bear, pair of underwear, pair of socks, plastic dinosaur playset, and blue pillowcase bag

Box 10, Boy ages 5-9: 3 beanie babies, batman themed compressed washcloth, matchbox car, transportation themed erasers, pair of underwear, pair of socks, Tom’s Drawstring bag, and blue pillowcase bag

 I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding my stuffed shoe boxes or their contents. I’ll do my best to get you some answers. 🙂

Did you pack a shoe box this year? If not, it’s not too late to get involved! Although the national pick-up date for shoe boxes has passed, you can still click over here to pack and send a shoe box online for only $7.

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