Operation Christmas Child

Our church has started collecting different items each month for our OCC collection month in November. By doing the early OCC collection, we don't have to worry about gathering those items at the last moment and hopefully, we can pack more boxes by November 2017. Our goal is to pack 100 boxes!

Here is our list for February-November collections:


            1. February- accessories ( sunglasses, jewelry, scraves....)

                   2. March- stuffed animals

                   3. April- hygiene items (NO Toothpaste)

                   4. May- toys (No war related items)

                   5. June- Clothing/shoes

                   6. July- games

                   7. August- school supplies

                   8. September- crafts/sewing

                   9. October- small tools

                  10. November-$9.00 shipping cost, prayer/handwritten notes/card

Please remember that the following can not be put in the OCC boxes:

1. No candy of anykind.( This has started this year 2017) This includes chocolate.

2. No toothpaste( This started this year 2017)

3. No liquids: this includes hand sanitizer and lotions.

4. No toy guns or war related items, knives, or military figures.

5. Used or damaged items.

6. No food, fruit rolls, fruit snacks, drink mixes (powdered or liquid).

7. No medications or vitamins.

8. No breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers.

9. No aerosol cans.

10. No U.S. Currency

What Goes in My Shoebox?

"Wow" Item

Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child's attention the instant he or she opens the box.

Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, stuffed animal, toys (puppets, trucks, etc.) Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit,shoes.

Other Suggestions:

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise(with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights(with extra batteries), etc.

Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.

A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

Remember that the ages of the girl and boy that you are packing for are for age groups:

1. 2-4

2. 5-9

3. 10-14

'Can This Go in My Shoebox?' Faq:

Are playing cards allowed?

Yes! Playing cards can be included in your shoebox gifts.

How about little toys like spiders, bugs, snakes, etc.?

All of those items are allowed.

Can we include batteries?

Yes. However, if the batteries are loose, both ends must be covered with tape.

Can videos, CDs, and DVDs be included?

Yes, all of these may be included in your shoebox gifts. However, keep in mind that the children may not have a DVD player or CD player available.

Can we include paint sets or glue bottles?

No, both of these items are liquids and can't be included in your shoebox gifts. However, dry paint sets (such as watercolors) or glue sticks are OK to pack!

Can we include a toolkit with nails, screws, screwdrivers, and hammers?

Yes! The only tools that can't be included are saws or pocketknives.

Are scissors OK?

Yes! Scissors are Ok to include in your shoebox gifts.

Can items with camouflage be included?

If the child can wear or use the items without looking like a soldier, they are OK to include in your shoebox gift. Pink or colored camouflage is safe as are pencils, wallets, or socks.

Are squirt guns allowed?

Squirt guns can be included as long as they do not look like real guns. Brightly colored squirt guns are great to pack in your shoebox gift.

Can glow sticks go in a shoebox gift?

Yes, glow sticks are OK to pack in your gift. If the tube breaks, the liquid does not spill out and can't damage other items.

Can we include wet wipes?

Yes, wet wipes do not have enough liquid to spill out into the shoeboxes so they are OK to include in your gift.

Can rubber balls be included if they have liquid glitter inside?

No, these would be considered inappropriate because of the liquid.

Is lip gloss OK to pack in a shoebox gift?

Lip gloss is a liquid and can't be included. However, Chapstick, lip balm or lipstick can go!

Is Play-Doh OK to pack in a shoebox gift?

Yes, Play-Doh can be included in your shoebox gift. However, some children might think it is edible.

Can compact mirrors go in a shoebox gift?

Yes. Compact mirrors can be included because if the glass shatters, it will be contained.


We thank you so much for giving  to this wonderful outreach ministry!