Bring hope to children worldwide living in poverty through simple, gift-filled shoeboxes. You and your family can have a positive impact on another child’s life by packing your own box with small toys and other gifts – OR – have Samaritan’s Purse pack it for you through ENCOUNTER’s Shoebox Challenge for 2023 online page! With this option, you make it your own by choosing from a list of gifts, then add a personal letter and photo. They pack your shoebox and send it for you for a suggested donation of $25. The suggested donation for shipping is an additional $10 per box.

If you’d like to pack your own box, then come to the table on the patio during weekend services or in the Children’s Office during the week to pick up all the supplies you need to get started: shoeboxes, shipping labels, and instructional brochures. Information can also be found at samaritanspurse.org

Gift-filled shoeboxes must be returned to ENCOUNTER no later than Sunday morning, November 19. For questions, contact Gloria

Not sure what to pack in your shoebox? Here’s a list to get you started!

Ideas for all shoeboxes:

• Reusable cups
• Plastic reusable box with lid (instead of cardboard shoebox)
• Washcloths
• Packaged bar soap
• T-shirt (size appropriate with no words or logos)
• School supplies (glue sticks and scissors are okay!)
• Travel pack of tissues
• Deflated soccer ball with manual pump
• Toothbrush (no toothpaste)
• Toy cars
• Playing cards
• Small tool set
• Band-Aids
• Comb or brush
• Pencil and notebook

• Markers and crayons
• Colored pencils with sharpener
• Hat
• Foam ball
• Socks
• Stuffed animal
• Hair ties
• Tote bag or purse
• Sewing kit
• Slinky
• Coloring book
• Flip flops
• Costume jewelry
• Jump rope
• Stickers
• Reusable cups


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