Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week 11/18-11/25

This is a post about packing our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in 2013. The dates for 2015 Collection Week are 11/16 to 11/21.


It’s time to start packing your boxes for Operation Christmas Child!  If you’re like me, you shop all year long for freebies, great deals, trinkets and what not to use in your boxes.  What you see spread out on my dining room table in the picture above is just a portion of what I collected over the past year for OCC boxes.  (And I’ve done a terrible job of posting about my OCC deals as I found them this past year and for that I apologize.  I have no idea how much I spent on items…but it wasn’t much!)

We packed NINE boxes this year – not as good as our record of TEN last year, but honestly, the deadline has slipped up on me.  So we’re going with nine this year.  I don’t have details of what went in each box this year but you can see my descriptions of boxes for different genders/ages that I pack last year for ideas for your own boxes.

2-4 Year Old Girl Box

2-4 Year Old Boy Box

5-9 Year Old Girl Box

5-9 Year Old Boy Box

5-9 Year Old Boy Box

10-14 Year Old Girl Box

10-14 Year Old Girl Box

10-14 year Old Boy Box

If you’re interest in learning more on packing a shoebox, check out the details on the Samaritan’s Purse website here.

National Collection Week for shoebox gifts is November 18-25. We all know these simple gifts provide much more than fleeting moments of joy. With each gift, Operation Christmas Child shares the good news that Jesus loves every child.

If you need to find a drop-off location for your boxes, you can find those here!

And I would totally recommend checking out the “Follow your Box” option so you can see where your boxes end up!  My 2011 boxes went to Uganda and my 2012 boxes went to Madagascar and the Dominican Republic!

Be sure to follow my Operation Christmas Child Pinterest Board for year-round inspiration!

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