Operation Christmas Child :: Max Out the Shoebox!

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Operation Christmas Child :: Max Out the Shoebox!

We are hosting an Operation Christmas Child packing party next week and I wanted to share some tips that I found helpful to fill up the box with items that are the most recommended (from the research I did) and really maximize the space in the box….it’s amazing how much you can cram in there!

Here are the contents of our girl box (age 2-4) unpacked on the table:

  • sterilite snap top container – I chose this because I read somewhere that families use these as water carrying containers or other useful things for their home – it was on sale for $1.50 at Target!
  • 3 bars of soap and a soap holder (one bar is in the soap holder, and 2 bars are double bagged in ziplocs to help contain the scent!)
  • toothbrush (with a cover/case….super valuable!) and 2 tubes of toothpaste
  • a small plastic bowl
  • hair clips and headband
  • bandaids (taken out of box to maximize space!)
  • Notebook, colored pencils and pencil sharpener
  • water bottle stuffed with 3 pairs of socks
  • a small bag of non-chocolate leftover Halloween candy
  • flashlight and 2 packsĀ of batteries
  • small baby doll
  • bubbles
  • plain colored t-shirt with no writing on it
  • jump rope

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Here is what it looks like all packed up!

girl_packed

And here are the contents of our boy box (age 2-4) before we packed them up:

  • mini soccer ball (I deflated it to maximize space)
  • pump and extra needles
  • bottle of bubbles
  • bandaids (taken out of the box to maximize space!)
  • toothbrush (with cover/case), 2 tubes of toothpaste
  • plastic bowl
  • 3 bars of soap and a soap dish (packed like the other box)
  • jump rope
  • plain colored t-shirt with no writing on it
  • water bottle stuffed with 3 pairs of socks
  • small bag of leftover non-chocolate Halloween candy
  • notepad, colored pencils and pencil sharpener
  • flash light and extra pack of batteries

boy_contents

and here is that box all packed up:

boy_packed

Elliot had a ton of fun picking all of this stuff and it really made for amazing conversations as we shopped for the items and put them into the boxes. At our party we will be making cards for the boxes and praying over the boxes before they get sent for delivery. I am really excited about this and hope it’s something we do as a family moving forward!

I highly recommend checking out the OCC website and search around for some recommended packing lists online as it made shopping for this WAY more fun and super low stress.

Enjoy!!

both_packed

 

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