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Thursday, October 3, 2013

31 Days to Change the World: Operation Christmas Child

Yesterday I shared Samaritan’s Purse and their global work.  Today I want to share one of my very favorite projects:  OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD!  Christmas in a shoebox that reaches out to children all over the world.

What began in 1993 has now totaled over 100 MILLION shoeboxes!  Y’all that’s


My mind can’t even comprehend that many toothbrushes, toys, and crayons!  What a joy to be part of this project.  My family has made shoeboxes for nearly 10 years now.  This year I’ve decided to do 4 – 2 boy, 2 girl.  See my loot I started collecting at the back-to-school frenzy!

I find small toys, candy, hair accessories, harmonicas, kazoos, balls, hats.  If it fits in the box without taking up too much room I get it.  I also tend to buy a plastic shoe box that will be a little more permanent for the child to keep.

Have no idea what to put in a shoebox?  They’ve got you covered.  For $30 you can build a box on their website from the choices they provide.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

It’s simply another way you can help change the world (or the life of a boy or girl) for less than $50!

Read more about my experience last year here.

**Keep your eyes open for collections in your area, or check their website for a location**


  1. Just filled our first shoebox for the year today! Love your 31 Days friend! Such a great idea!

    1. You are on the ball girl!!! I need to start looking for boxes and more goodies!

  2. Woohoo! One of my favorite projects of the year. Can't wait for OCC at OCC day! :)