How to Pack A Shoebox


  • Find an empty shoebox. (You can wrap it- (lid separately)-if you would like, but wrapping is not required.)
  • Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and choose an age category: (2-4), (5-9), or (10-14). Attach the appropriate BOY/GIRL LABEL on the TOP of your box and mark the correct age category.
  • Cut out your label and check the box for the appropriate age category.
  • Attach the label to the top of your box.
  • Fill your shoebox with a variety of gifts:

Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, plastic kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, small Etch A Sketch(r), toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.

 School supplies, pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, coloring books, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, etc.

Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, washcloth, etc.

Sunglasses, flashlights with extra batteries, ball caps, socks, T-shirts, toy jewelry sets, hair clips, watches, small picture books, etc

DO NOT include the following items:

  • Used items
  • War-related items (toy guns, toy soldiers, knives, etc
  • Perishable items (chocolate, canned foods, crackers, etc.)
  • Liquids (shampoo, lotion, bubbles, etc)
  • Medicines (vitamins, cough drops, ointment, etc)
  • Breakable items (mirrors, china dolls, etc

You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family (If you include your name and address, the child who receives your box may write you back.)

Complete the OCC shoebox form and enclose it in an envelope with $7 or more to help cover shipping and other costs. Please place the envelope so it is clearly visible on top of the gift Items. (Checks are recommended rather than cash. If you or your family fill more than one shoe box, you may make one combined donation in a single envelope inside any one of your boxes.

Place a rubber band around your shoebox and lid.

Take the shoebox(es) to your local Operation Christmas Child drop off location or mail to Operation Christmas Child, 801 Bamboo Rd, P O Box 3000, Boone NC 28607.


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