Operation Christmas Child Shoebox finishing touches – It’s Collection Week!

Here’s some of my last additions to my OCC boxes.  Another Hidden Pictures activity sheet and stickers (free in the mail!), a toothbrush that was FREE from Walgreens a few weeks ago.  Toddler toothpaste (from stockpile, we are not going to use it) for one of the younger boxes.  And the whistles and stickers were leftover from Bug’s goodie bags for his birthday party – so essentially free.

I also raided my stockpile yesterday for one more toothbrush, one more bar of soap and a tube of chapstick.  I’m also using the makeup bag that came with the last Target Beauty Bag freebie for the 10-14 year old girl box.  It’s such a bright, fun little bag (that I certainly don’t need because I have plenty!) so I thought she might enjoy having it.  I put deodorant, chapstick and hair scrunchies in the bag.  Also, the candy that the “Candy Fairy” took from us after Halloween made it’s way into the boxes.   (well, the hard candy at least. Can’t send chocolate)

I told you the other day about why I like the Dollar Tree for OCC shoebox items.  I’m headed back there to grab a couple things.  Some of the boxes are not as full as I would like them to be (I believe in ZERO empty space in the shoeboxes.  For the children that will receive these, it’s the greatest thing they will get all year….what I can fit in a shoebox!  I’m certainly not going to leave any space!)

This year, Operation Christmas Child will allow you to track your box to the country that it ends up at if you make your shipping donation online.  After you make the $7/per box donation, you get special labels with barcodes to put on your boxes.  I paid my $7 x 6 last night.  I always wonder where my boxes will end up.  This year I’m excited to find out!!!

It’s collection week and our church is set up to be a collection site.  I am signed up to volunteer at the collection site on Wednesday afternoon.  So I will have my boxes ready by then!  I can’t wait to show you pictures of my finished boxes and pictures from the collection site!!

My goal is $60 for all 6 boxes including the donation, after taking out $42 for the shipping donation that leaves me $18.00 to spend.

Everything in the picture above was free so I’ve added nothing to my $14.28 total from last time.  I have $3.72 left to spend and I can tell you that I’m most likely going to go over by a few dollars because I need to get at least 5 more items and even at the Dollar Tree it’s still going to cost me at least $5.00 unless I can find some of the items I need in a 2 pack or bundle.  We’ll see what happens.  I’ll update you again tomorrow!

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