Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas for a 10- to 14-Year-Old Girl

Updated on March 5, 2019
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I've been packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes with gifts that provide the greatest impact for 20 years.

How to Pack a Shoebox for a Girl 10-14

150+ Creative Ideas for a 10-14 Girl Shoebox
150+ Creative Ideas for a 10-14 Girl Shoebox

I've participated in Operation Christmas Child ("OCC") for 20 years but 2013 was the first year I decided to pack a shoebox for a 10- to 14-year-old girl.

After reading articles about the struggles young women face in the countries where OCC delivers, I realized how greatly a shoebox could impact a girl's life when packed with thoughtful gifts.

Why should I pack a shoebox for a 10-14 Girl?

The 10-14 age group often receives the fewest shoeboxes because it's easy and fun to shop for gifts most little girls will like: pretty dolls, fluffy stuffed animals, anything pink and glittery. But the truth is, shopping for a young woman can be even more fun and fulfilling.

Shop for your shoebox on Amazon

Countdown to this year's National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child

The 2018 National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 12-19.
The 2018 National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 12-19. | Source

Personal hygiene ideas for a Girl 10-14 Operation Christmas Child shoebox

Earth-conscious personal hygiene products for your shoebox.
Earth-conscious personal hygiene products for your shoebox.

Pack your shoebox with gifts that keep growing girls and their local environments healthy.

While shopping for your shoebox, I urge you to keep the planet in mind.

Nearly every country where OCC has ever delivered shoeboxes struggles to safely dispose of its waste. Places like Ghana, the Philippines and Nigeria lack proper waste management infrastructure so garbage piles up at dump sites and children living nearby scavenge through the hazardous trash to earn money.

When it comes to personal hygiene products, loads of low-cost alternatives are available. While plastic toothbrushes take 400 years to decompose and release chemicals into the air as they break down, bamboo toothbrushes are 100% biodegradable!

Look for products that are fair trade, organic, sustainably sourced, compostable, plastic-free, package-free, biodegradable and/or vegan.

Environmentally friendly personal hygiene ideas for your shoebox:

  • Mild soap bars
  • Natural loofahs
  • 100% cotton wash cloths
  • Natural deodorant and lip balm in plastic-free packaging
  • Reusable cloth pads
  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • 100% silk dental floss
  • Bamboo hair brushes and combs
  • Stainless steel tweezers and nail clippers
  • Bamboo nail files

A few of the many beautiful places your shoebox could go

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A girl holding her shoebox in Nepal.Girls celebrating their shoebox gifts in Zambia.A girl holding her shoebox in the Dominican Republic.A girl holding one of her shoebox gifts in Malawi.Girl excited to open their shoeboxes in Costa Rica.A girl showing off her shoebox in Paraguay.Girls excitedly unpacking their shoeboxes in Sri Lanka.A girl opening her shoebox in Ecuador.Girls showing off their shoebox gifts in Fiji.A girl hugging her shoebox in the Philippines.Girls ready to open their shoeboxes in Peru.Girls celebrating their OCC shoebox gifts in Belize.Girl holding their shoeboxes at an OCC distribution event in Uruguay.A girl holding up her shoebox in Senegal.A girl carrying her OCC shoebox on her head in Cameroon.Girls showing off their new toys in Zimbabwe.A girl holding her shoebox in Moldova.Girls holding a shoebox in St. Vincent.
A girl holding her shoebox in Nepal.
A girl holding her shoebox in Nepal. | Source
Girls celebrating their shoebox gifts in Zambia.
Girls celebrating their shoebox gifts in Zambia. | Source
A girl holding her shoebox in the Dominican Republic.
A girl holding her shoebox in the Dominican Republic. | Source
A girl holding one of her shoebox gifts in Malawi.
A girl holding one of her shoebox gifts in Malawi. | Source
Girl excited to open their shoeboxes in Costa Rica.
Girl excited to open their shoeboxes in Costa Rica. | Source
A girl showing off her shoebox in Paraguay.
A girl showing off her shoebox in Paraguay. | Source
Girls excitedly unpacking their shoeboxes in Sri Lanka.
Girls excitedly unpacking their shoeboxes in Sri Lanka. | Source
A girl opening her shoebox in Ecuador.
A girl opening her shoebox in Ecuador. | Source
Girls showing off their shoebox gifts in Fiji.
Girls showing off their shoebox gifts in Fiji. | Source
A girl hugging her shoebox in the Philippines.
A girl hugging her shoebox in the Philippines. | Source
Girls ready to open their shoeboxes in Peru.
Girls ready to open their shoeboxes in Peru. | Source
Girls celebrating their OCC shoebox gifts in Belize.
Girls celebrating their OCC shoebox gifts in Belize. | Source
Girl holding their shoeboxes at an OCC distribution event in Uruguay.
Girl holding their shoeboxes at an OCC distribution event in Uruguay. | Source
A girl holding up her shoebox in Senegal.
A girl holding up her shoebox in Senegal. | Source
A girl carrying her OCC shoebox on her head in Cameroon.
A girl carrying her OCC shoebox on her head in Cameroon. | Source
Girls showing off their new toys in Zimbabwe.
Girls showing off their new toys in Zimbabwe. | Source
A girl holding her shoebox in Moldova.
A girl holding her shoebox in Moldova. | Source
Girls holding a shoebox in St. Vincent.
Girls holding a shoebox in St. Vincent. | Source
Love My Antibacterial Bamboo fiber Mama Cloth/ Menstrual Pads/ Reusable/ Panty Liners - 6pcs pack(LM1)
Love My Antibacterial Bamboo fiber Mama Cloth/ Menstrual Pads/ Reusable/ Panty Liners - 6pcs pack(LM1)

One out of every ten female students in Africa misses class or drops out of school completely due to her period, according to UNICEF. Help the girl who receives your shoebox attain an equal education by gifting her with a reusable cloth feminine product like this one.

 

Before UNICEF brought for us the sanitary towels we used to just stay home when menstruating and come to school when they finish. It used to be very difficult but since then there has not been even one girl missing school because of their periods.

— Anne, 15-year-old student in Kenya
Why a Life Straw is a must-have for your Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
Why a Life Straw is a must-have for your Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, 3 Piece
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, 3 Piece

Every 2 minutes, a child dies from a water-related illness. You can help end the clean water crisis by packing a Life Straw into each of your OCC shoeboxes.

This amazing portable water filter removes 99.9% of bacteria from contaminated water, making it healthy and drinkable. Increased access to clean water improves girls' physical and mental health, potentially ending the cycle of poverty by allowing girls to spend more time in school.

Life Straws cost about $15 each but you can order a 3-pack on Amazon and save 30%. Divide the set among different shoeboxes or pack all three into one for your girl's family.

 
Angella, a 13-year-old girl from Malawi who received a shoebox herself the year before this photo was taken, helps distribute gifts.
Angella, a 13-year-old girl from Malawi who received a shoebox herself the year before this photo was taken, helps distribute gifts. | Source

Shop for an environmentally conscious shoebox on Amazon

A girl in Namibia excited about the necklace in her shoebox.
A girl in Namibia excited about the necklace in her shoebox. | Source

Toys, dolls & stuffed animals for a 10-14 Girl Operation Christmas Child shoebox

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A durable, high-quality toy that a girl will love should be the foundation of your shoebox.

I'm a huge advocate for packing OCC shoeboxes with practical gifts like water filters, toothbrushes and sewing kits — these things can change lives after all! But a 10- to 14-year-old girl is still a child, and the first thing she sees when she opens her shoebox should be something she's going to fall in love with.

Ideas for an amazing gift that will "wow" the girl who receives your shoebox:

  • Stuffed animals or Beanie Babies
  • Baby dolls with accessories
  • Action figures that are not war-related
  • Fashion dolls with clothing and accessories
  • Card games and puzzles
  • Deflated soccer balls with mini manual ball pumps
  • Wooden jump ropes and yo-yos
  • Kites
  • Slinkys
  • Etch-a-Sketches
  • Colorful bouncy balls
  • Jacks
  • Dress-up accessories such as wings, tiaras and jewelry
  • Picture books and pop-up books

Where will your shoebox go?

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A girl happily opening her shoebox at an OCC distribution event in Paraguay.A girl showing off her new stuffed animal and flip flops in Tanzania.A girl opening her shoebox in Rwanda.A girl in a hammock holding her shoebox in Ecuador.Girls sharing their new toys in Uganda.A girl holding her shoebox in Guyana.A girl holding her shoebox in Georgia.A girl balancing her shoebox on her head in Madagascar.An excited girl celebrating her gifts in Haiti.
A girl happily opening her shoebox at an OCC distribution event in Paraguay.
A girl happily opening her shoebox at an OCC distribution event in Paraguay. | Source
A girl showing off her new stuffed animal and flip flops in Tanzania.
A girl showing off her new stuffed animal and flip flops in Tanzania. | Source
A girl opening her shoebox in Rwanda.
A girl opening her shoebox in Rwanda. | Source
A girl in a hammock holding her shoebox in Ecuador.
A girl in a hammock holding her shoebox in Ecuador. | Source
Girls sharing their new toys in Uganda.
Girls sharing their new toys in Uganda. | Source
A girl holding her shoebox in Guyana.
A girl holding her shoebox in Guyana. | Source
A girl holding her shoebox in Georgia.
A girl holding her shoebox in Georgia. | Source
A girl balancing her shoebox on her head in Madagascar.
A girl balancing her shoebox on her head in Madagascar. | Source
An excited girl celebrating her gifts in Haiti.
An excited girl celebrating her gifts in Haiti. | Source

What not to include in your Operation Christmas Child shoebox

Everything you shouldn't include in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
Everything you shouldn't include in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

Customs regulations dictate what is and isn't allowed in your shoebox.

Just as important as what you should include in your shoebox is what you absolutely should NOT pack. Increasingly strict customs regulations make it difficult for some things to cross borders even though they may have previously been allowed by Operation Christmas Child.

Here's what you should leave out of your shoebox:

  • NO FOOD — This includes candy, chocolate, fruit snacks & drink mixes. If you can eat or drink it, it shouldn't be in your shoebox.
  • NO TOOTHPASTE — Both liquid and solid forms of toothpaste are a no-no.
  • NO BREAKABLES
  • NO MONEY
  • NO WAR-RELATED TOYS — This includes rubber knives, toy guns that resemble real guns and military action figures. Brightly colored mini squirt guns are allowed.
  • NO LIQUIDS OR LOTIONS — This includes paint, glue, lip gloss, nail polish and mascara.
  • NO AEROSOL CONTAINERS
  • NO MEDICINE OR VITAMINS
  • NO SHARPS — This includes shaving razors, swiss army knives, saws or blades of any kind.
  • NO USED OR DAMAGED ITEMS
  • NO CAMOUFLAGE CLOTHING Do not include anything that could make a child look soldier-like. Camouflage-patterned items like pens, notebooks and socks are allowed. Pink camouflage is also allowed.
  • NO MATCHES OR LIGHTERS
  • NO SEEDS OR PLANTS

From camels to canoes, shoeboxes reach their destinations in a variety of ways.

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OCC shoeboxes delivered by elephant in Zimbabwe.OCC shoeboxes delivered by wagon in Madagascar.OCC shoeboxes delivered by canoe in Madagascar.OCC shoeboxes delivered by donkey in Peru.OCC shoeboxes delivered by canoe in Malawi.OCC shoeboxes delivered by camel in Namibia.OCC shoeboxes delivered by raft in Fiji.OCC shoeboxes delivered by bike in Uganda.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by elephant in Zimbabwe.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by elephant in Zimbabwe. | Source
OCC shoeboxes delivered by wagon in Madagascar.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by wagon in Madagascar. | Source
OCC shoeboxes delivered by canoe in Madagascar.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by canoe in Madagascar. | Source
OCC shoeboxes delivered by donkey in Peru.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by donkey in Peru. | Source
OCC shoeboxes delivered by canoe in Malawi.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by canoe in Malawi. | Source
OCC shoeboxes delivered by camel in Namibia.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by camel in Namibia. | Source
OCC shoeboxes delivered by raft in Fiji.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by raft in Fiji. | Source
OCC shoeboxes delivered by bike in Uganda.
OCC shoeboxes delivered by bike in Uganda. | Source

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

— Malala Yousafzai, Activist for Women's Education

School supply ideas for a 10-14 Girl Operation Christmas Child shoebox

Pack a shoebox that helps girls around the world get the education they deserve.

  • Pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners and erasers
  • Mechanical pencils with lead refills
  • Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Pencil cases
  • Scissors
  • Solar-powered calculators
  • Chalk and mini chalk boards
  • Mini dry-erase boards and markers
  • Math flash cards
  • Index cards
  • Rulers

A girl lights the way with a candle while carrying her shoebox home in a village where electricity is scarce and unreliable.
A girl lights the way with a candle while carrying her shoebox home in a village where electricity is scarce and unreliable. | Source
AIDIER Inflatable Solar Lantern, Solar Powered Camping Lantern for Outdoor Activities, Camping, Hiking, Exploration, and Emergency Lighting
AIDIER Inflatable Solar Lantern, Solar Powered Camping Lantern for Outdoor Activities, Camping, Hiking, Exploration, and Emergency Lighting

Help make education attainable for the recipient of your shoebox by including a solar-powered inflatable lantern like this one.

 

Examples of Girl 10-14 OCC shoeboxes

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Clothing ideas for a Girl 10-14 Operation Christmas Child shoebox

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Pack your shoebox with durable, well-made clothing items that girls can grow into.

Top 5 Clothing Ideas for a 10-14 Girl Shoebox

The following clothes are useful for girls regardless of whether your shoebox ends up in a tropical climate like Panama or a country like Serbia that experiences freezing cold winters. They also take up very little space in your shoebox.

  1. T-Shirts
  2. Underwear
  3. Bras
  4. Socks
  5. Dresses

Other clothing ideas:

  • Pants
  • Activewear
  • Sweatpants
  • Pajamas
  • Sleeveless Tops
  • Long-Sleeve Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Hoodies / Sweatshirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts

Shoes, outerwear & accessories for a Girl 10-14 Operation Christmas Child shoebox

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A girl excitedly plays with the ball she received in her shoebox.
A girl excitedly plays with the ball she received in her shoebox. | Source

Include fun gifts that protect young women from the elements.

  • Sneakers
  • Flip Flops
  • Baseball Caps
  • Beanies
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Rain Coats
  • Mini Umbrellas
  • Watches
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewelry
  • Barrettes
  • Headbands
  • Hair Elastics

Operation Christmas Child Poll

Which age group is your favorite to pack shoeboxes for?

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A girl holds up a peace sign while playing with the Etch-a-Sketch from her shoebox.
A girl holds up a peace sign while playing with the Etch-a-Sketch from her shoebox. | Source

Girl 10-14 Arts & Crafts for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Poll: Shoeboxes Through the Years

How long have you been packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child?

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Shoeboxes can include gifts that let young women express their creativity.

  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Sketch Pads
  • Coloring Books
  • Construction Paper
  • Paint Brushes
  • Watercolor Set
  • Craft Kits
  • Beads
  • Cord
  • Yarn
  • Crochet Hooks
  • Polymer Clay
  • Play-Doh
  • Stickers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Duck Tape
  • Washi Tape
  • Ribbon

Sewing Kit

Girls can use these gifts to learn new skills that could help them earn money.

  • Needles
  • Thread
  • Fabric
  • Fat Quarter Bundles
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Safety Pins
  • Straight Pins
  • Pin Cushions
  • Buttons
  • Thimbles
  • Velcro
  • Tape Measures
  • Seam Rippers

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Gardening Kit

Pack your shoebox with small tools that can help girls grow food or flowers.

  • Canvas Totes
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Trowels
  • Rakes / Cultivators
  • Pruning Shears
  • Knee Pads
  • Spray Bottles
  • Mini Flower Pots
  • Mini Watering Cans
  • Gardening Aprons

Cooking Kit

Curate gifts that help girls feed themselves and their families.

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Forks & Spoons
  • Mini Frying Pans
  • Mini Sauce Pans
  • Potholders / Oven Mitts
  • Water Bottles
  • Tupperware
  • Lunchboxes
  • Plates
  • Bowls

Questions & Answers

    © 2013 wildsimplicity

    What gifts would you pack for a 10-14 girl?

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        Margie Dillard 

        3 weeks ago

        Do cloth feminine pads need instructions when sent to other countries? If so, how do we send these instructions in different languages?

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        Kevin Clouse 

        2 months ago

        When packing your items for shoe box. Cardboard/stiff paper boxes are better than the plastic tubs. While working at the sorting center, a large number of the plastic tubs came in broken and had to be repacked into cardboard shoe boxes.

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        Trina 

        3 months ago

        I made homemade jewelry kits including beads, charms, and string.

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        Linda 

        15 months ago

        I have been packing for OCC for several years. Our church is a drop off center and this is the first year I was the one to be there to accept the boxes. What a blessing! This year for the first time OCC had plastic (almost rubber) shoeboxes you could purchase. Check with the Drop off location. The cost isabout $1.50, and won't crack in the shipping as other plastic shoeboxes can. It's a bargain and gives the added benefit of a container to use year round. Go to the Operation Christmas Child website for some great ideas! I suggest using the shoeboxes provided by OCC. 15 of those will fit in the bottom of a shipping carton and plenty of room for more on top. The boot boxes and odd size shoeboxes are frequently used. However, consider using the ones provided. The cardboard shoeboxes are free of charge. More boxes sent per carton means less shipping fee which is already at $9 per shoebox. The simple gift of shopping, packing, giving and delivering your shoebox is the best gift you and your children will ever have. Consider looking for special gifts and bargains all year round. Use your Vacation Bible School or Kids Clubs as venues to encourage the kids to give to others. And do not forget to Pray, Pray, Pray! for that child(ren) who will be receiving your box(es) that they will find the lasting gift of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! Happy gifting!

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        wildsimplicity 

        16 months ago from Atlanta, GA

        Because the rules changed recently and the images haven't yet been updated.

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        Melissa 

        16 months ago

        Why does it say NO toothpaste and then later it shows toothpaste? The same with candy.

      • wildsimplicity profile imageAUTHOR

        wildsimplicity 

        16 months ago from Atlanta, GA

        @nswanburg77@gmail.com The shoebox should be of "average" size. The boxes provided by Samaritan's Purse are quite small, like a shoebox you'd buy new flats or sandals in. I've used both those and larger boxes from hiking shoes. Extra large shoeboxes limit the number of gifts that can be shipped in each large box which then increases shipping costs for the organization so I'd advise against anything too oversized. I'm not sure about the floss picks but given that they are generally single-use and made of plastic, I think regular floss is a more environmentally conscious idea.

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        nswanburg77@gmail.com 

        17 months ago

        I have wanted to do this for many, many years and I am finally going to make it happen this year! I have 6 beautiful kids and I am going to have each of them make a special box for a child in each of the age/gender options. My youngest daughter is 9 years old (with Autism) and she is truly very excited to be giving a gift to another child that she gets to pick out all on her very own. I do want to ask, does the "shoebox" have to be a specific size? Can we select a larger size plastic container from the dollar store? I know my kids, and they are going to want to send so many things that I am afraid it won't all fit. Also, the floss pick like things, are we allowed to send those? I'm asking because they have a sharp point like a toothpick on one side. I admire everyone who participates with this program and I am looking forward to making this a family tradition for each of my children every year at Christmas. God Bless!

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        Daphne 

        18 months ago

        The rules have changed for 2017: please do not pack any sort of food items (including candy) and do not pack toothpaste.

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        Deanna 

        20 months ago

        love this program. I always pack washcloth, soap, toothbrush combs, necklace, stuffed animal, slinky, hair wraps, sewing kits, crayons, colored pencils, pens markers, small note book, pillow cases, and I always use a plastic shoebox container you can get them for $1 and they can use them for so many things.

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        Kim 

        2 years ago

        These are great ideas, thank you so much. I wasn't sure what to pack for a teenage girl until now!

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        Akeba 

        3 years ago

        Menstural protection and washing products and include one fun thing for a child that is age approbiate.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I'm back again! With the holidays approaching I'm getting ready to fill my shoebox with items for young girls ages 5-9. This is my first year participating and I want to get it right. I'm so excited!

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        Tee 

        3 years ago

        Just received info from a missionary where they recieve the shoe boxes. And she said she has been in several places that recieve the shoeboxes.

        A few things to keep in.mind. the countries that they deliver too do not get cold weather so no need for scarfs or gloves.

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        Barb Johnson 

        3 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

        Some of the simplest and most practical ideas seem to escape us. Thanks for the informative article. Hope it encourages more support.

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        Joyfulcrown 

        4 years ago

        I love Operation Christmas Child and what they do for children. I encourage anyone who can to participate, it is worth it.

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        Sandy Mertens 

        4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        This is such a wonderful idea. The best time with the girls shoebox is now.

      • wildsimplicity profile imageAUTHOR

        wildsimplicity 

        4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        @peachpurple & @LadyGuinevere: It's not too late! If you live near one of Operation Christmas Child's processing centers, they accept hand-delivered shoeboxes through the third week of December (this week!) -- and shoeboxes can be mailed to the processing centers all year round! It is also possible to build a shoebox online. You pick what you'd like to include and Samaritan's Purse will make it for you. :)

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        Debra Allen 

        4 years ago from West By God

        I am going to share this. Even if it might be too late, I think it is never to late to get anykind of gifts such as these.

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        peachy 

        4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        i would like to do that. Where can i participate? I want to send them some shoe box with gifts.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I would like to participate in this project. Where would I send the shoeboxes? Excellent and informative article. I voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Happy to share this and thanks.

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        Mary 

        4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

        I was glad to read your extensive list ideas wildsimplicity..we pack one up each year and sometimes run out of ideas..your list will help those of us that do..good job

        Cheers

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        Marie Hurt 

        4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

        This is a really cool project and thoughtful. A good project for children too. Nice of you to think of what the older children might need and what would make them happy.

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        Kathleen Cochran 

        4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        I just did a hub on this topic but yours is full of great information. Hope anyone who read mine will also read yours! Merry!

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        Merry Citarella 

        5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

        Great lens with great suggestions!

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        Kirsti A. Dyer 

        5 years ago from Northern California

        Great idea.

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        chrisilouwho 

        5 years ago

        Those are wonderful ideas, some I wouldn't have ever thought of, thank you!

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        Elsie Hagley 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Enjoyed this article very much.

        I have never heard of this before but like the idea of a child's shoebox christmas gift.

        Even learnt something, I never knew you could buy reusable cloth menstrual pads, it brings back memories of when I first start my periods in early 1950's before tampax type came into use.

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        Virginia Allain 

        5 years ago from Central Florida

        You've put a lot of thought into this. Very commendable.

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        Joebeducci 

        5 years ago

        What a good initiative and a wonderful lens. I donate money, but haven't done this before, maybe I should :) Greets, Joebeducci

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        tonyleather 

        5 years ago

        I love the practicality of the suggestions. Great lens!

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        Linda Jo Martin 

        5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

        Our church is doing this too. Great ideas, thanks!

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        siskiyoucowgirl 

        5 years ago

        This is an excellent lens and wonderful ideas for an older girls shoebox. My family and I love packing them every year. :) Thank you for sharing!

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        DebW07 

        5 years ago

        Our church participates in this wonderful event every year. Great gift ideas and great lens!

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