Collection Week is November 13-20th, 2017!
Collection Week will be here faster than you know! This annual tradition for our family can become a blessing in yours as well.
Have you ever filled a shoebox for OCC?
All you need to do is get a shoebox and buy items to fill it. If you don’t know what to purchase, or you don’t have time to shop for it, Samaritan’s Purse has a Build a Shoebox Online! app that you can use from the comfort of home.
Once your fill your shoebox (at home), you will need to go the the website and pay the $7 shipping. There you will print out a box label and sign up to follow your box, which can be really fun for the family. You will receive an email notification once your box has been shipped, telling you where yours ends up. Last year, our box went to the Philippines and the year before it went to Korea.
What are you waiting for?
Collection Week comes up faster than you realize, leaving little time for Thanksgiving preparations! Always choose age-appropriate items for your child’s shoebox. I’m linking some items for you to Amazon, for convenience if you want to buy them online. The following lists are updated yearly. This list is current as of 9/7/2017.
Thing to consider adding to your OCC Shoebox:
- Shoes: anything from sandals or flipflops to athletic shoes or nice dress shoes
- Socks, underwear, t-shirts for boys or camis for girls
- Lip balm
- Hair items: comb and brush, hair elastics and barrettes
- Toothbrush and washcloth
- Stick deodorant, bar soap (place these in zipped sandwich bags to prevent heavy odors)
- School supplies: pencils, pens, markers, calculator, ruler, protractor, glue sticks, Post-It Notes, highlighters, tape, hole punch, pencil pouch
- Toys: Cars, figures, dolls
- Stickers and coloring books
- Travel games or puzzles
- Soccer or playground balls (deflate to ship)
- Craft kits and art supplies
- A photo of your family and a letter. These are cherished.
Things NOT to include in your OCC Shoebox:
- FOOD: No candy, chocolate, seeds, fruit rolls or fruit snacks, drink mixes (liquid or powdered) or other edibles
- Used or damaged items
- Medications or vitamins
- Anything weapon-related: No toy knives, guns, bombs, clubs, or military action figures
- Breakables such as glass, nicknacks, or mirrors
- Liquids: No soaps, shampoo, lotions, etc. They can rupture and leak in flight.
- Aerosol cans
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Disclaimer: I am a yearly Collection Center volunteer for Operation Christmas Child, writing from my own experiences with my own opinions. I am not employed by nor do I represent Samaritan’s Purse or Operation Christmas Child.