How to Pack Your Christmas Shoebox for a Child Overseas – Hope 103.2

How to Pack Your Christmas Shoebox for a Child Overseas

By Clare BruceMonday 26 Sep 2016

There’s still time to take a special shopping trip, pack a shoebox of Christmas gifts for a child in a developing nation, then register it for Shoebox Sunday.

The famous event, part of Operation Christmas Child, (OCC) is held each year by Samaritans Purse, and will this year be on Sunday, October 30. On that day, you can take your shoebox of gifts to the collection point nearest to you.

Children who receive a shoebox of gifts will have an opportunity with their parent’s permission, to enrol in The Greatest Journey, a fun 12-lesson faith-based program. Led by local teachers, it helps children become grounded in the Christian faith and in sharing the Gospel with others. Those who finish the course also receive a certificate and a New Testament in their own language.

And if you Pledge a Shoebox you will be in the draw to win a trip to Cambodia.

What Gifts To Pack In My Shoebox

Children receiving Shoebox gifts

Just grab a regular sized shoebox, wrap it in colourful paper, and fill it with simple gifts from the categories listed below.

  1. Something to wear
  2. Something to play with
  3. Something for school
  4. Something to love
  5. Something special
  6. Something for personal hygiene

What Not to Pack

Child in Uganda receiving shoeboxes of gifts

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There are some specific items that are either unsuitable for the children in the OCC program or unsuitable for shipping. They include:

  1. Items that contain liquids and could leak
  2. Food or lollies
  3. Used or damaged items
  4. Breakable Items Items that can scare or harm a child
  5. Gambling related items
  6. Anything of a religious, racial or political nature
  7. Anything related to war, or toy weapons

More Gift Ideas

For more gift ideas check out the following…

Get Your Church Involved

Child in Sudan receiving shoeboxes of gifts

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