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Operation Christmas Child brings hope to children worldwide living in poverty through simple, gift-filled shoe boxes. 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 Build a Shoebox Online! 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 shoe box and send it for you, for a suggested donation of just $25.

If you’d like to pack your own box, both shoe boxes and instructional brochures are available in the Children’s Office, Room 105, or at our On-Campus services. Printable boy/girl labels can also be found online at samaritanspurse.org. Gift-filled, Christmas-wrapped shoe boxes must be returned to the Children’s Office no later than November 22 by 12 pm.

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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