It's time again for Operation Christmas Child -- that wonderful time of the year when we stuff shoeboxes full of great gifts for kids around the world who would not usually get to have Christmas gifts. Highland will be collecting boxes through November 20th, so we've collected some handy tips for how to fill those boxes:
Check out this list of 101 Operation Christmas Child gift ideas.
Here are a few Pinterest boards full of ideas.
Here are some box-packing instructions from Samaritan's Purse.
And here's a blog post from Katie Garrett, whose blog post, Unsolicited Advice About Shoeboxes inspired our list, below:
Operation Christmas Child Gift Ideas
This list was created by Katie Garrett, a missionary in Senegal since 2000. It provides great input for deciding what to purchase for your boxes. Blessings to you as you bless others!
Mini soccer balls or deflated balls with a pump
Brand new short-sleeved shirts (with no writing on them) for boys and girls
Small flashlights with batteries
Good quality melamine plates, bowls, and/or cups
Soap AND a plastic soap dish that has a cover
Toothbrushes AND a toothbrush cover
Pencils, erasers, colored pencils, and sharpeners for all school-aged kids
Quality pens for kids aged 10-14 (black, red, green, and blue)
Hard candy and gum
Hair elastics or head bands for girls
Simple watches for older kids
Solar calculators for older kids
Sunglasses for older kids
Baby dolls with light brown skin and no hair for the youngest girls
Toy cars, trucks, or airplanes for the youngest boys (Matchbox-size cars don’t work well)
Not So Good Gifts
Anything with instructions in English
Clothing items with words or pictures on them
Any toy that is not universally recognizable (e.g., matching memory card games)
Stickers or temporary tattoos
Gloves and winter hats
Anything cheap or fragile
Happy Packing everyone! Remember to drop off your boxes at Highland by Friday, November 20th.