For all those who are interested in filling Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, but are not sure of what items to include, here are some suggestions...
NOTE: Large items, i.e. blankets, quilts, coats, tool kits, etc. donated will be shipped in separate boxes to those locations with the greater need. Also, all items should be in new or extremely-lightly used condition.)
TOYS: dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), puzzles, play-doh, spirographs, slinkys, small travel games, stickers, etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, paper, graph paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, bookmarks, highlighters, stick glues, scissors, white-out tape, binders, pocket folders, rulers, paper clips, scotch tape, stapler/staples, flashcards, pencil pouches, index cards, dry-erase markers/board, tab dividers, compass, protractor sets, book covers, lunch packs, backpacks, etc.
NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, toothpaste, unscented bar soap, combs, brushes, washcloths, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail files, nail trimmers, nail care kits, non-liquid nail polish, breath mints, tissues, body cleansing pads, baby wipes, cotton swaps, toilet paper, tongue scrapers, loofahs, dental floss, etc.
CRAFTS: drawing paper/pencils, watercolors and paper, yarn, crochet hooks/instruction booklet, loom knitting kits, construction paper, sewing kits, stamps, ink pad, card-making crafts, jewelry/bead making kits, wood crafts, small latch hook kits, embroidery kits, cross-stitch kits, needlepoint kits, paint-by-number colored pencil kits, felt appliqué kits, sun catchers, knot-a-quilt sets, loom weaving kits, button making kits, velvet posters, etc.
ACCESSORIES: t-shirts/polos, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), shoes, flip flops, pajamas, baby outfits, dresses, pants, sweaters, sweatshirts, sweat-suits, small tools, radios (w/extra batteries), headphones, gloves, scarves, cowls, face masks, coats, leg warmers, underwear, bras, camisoles, etc.
MISCELLANEOUS: cups, bowls, utensils, Bibles, activity booklets, elementary/teen novels, blankets, tool boxes (large and small), first aid kits, hard candy, lifesavers candy, gummi candy, magnifying glasses, gum, pocket dictionary, pocket thesaurus, comic books, quilts, etc.
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; nail polish, perfume, shampoo, conditioners, hair gel, medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
A gracefully aging, dreamer, passionate about creating patterns that reflect my perspectives and honor the Lord Jesus Christ.