One of my favorite things to do all year long is gather items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Now that I’ve been doing it for several years, I’ve kind a put a stipulation on myself that I cant spend more than $1 on anything. It really is amazing when you look and wait for the “deals” what you can find. I kinda know what to keep my eyes out for, but every year there are some fun surprises that I come across that are just too good to turn down.
Before I go too much further and you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me give you a couple links:
–Operation Christmas Child
–Steps from OCC for packing a shoebox
–How to pack a shoebox video
–How shoeboxes make their way around the world
My favorite places to shop for items to put in my shoeboxes include:
- Walmart clearance aisle – year round
- Walmart holiday aisle – the day after the holiday – any holiday – Easter, Valentines, St. Patrick’s, Halloween….
- Walmart Christmas aisles the day or even week after Christmas
- Dollar Tree – holiday/seasonal section
- Target – end caps and after holidays
- Dollar General – have to be picky and willing to dig a little
- Walgreens – after holiday or season clearance
Did you notice a pattern there?? I’ve learned from people who have traveled with OCC and from being around kids in the poorest country in the world that lots of things are considered a gift and something they can’t afford for themselves.
Over the next week, I’d like to share with you some ideas on what to pack for different age groups. In the mean time, see where your local collection spot is and how you can get involved. You don’t have to go all in like I do. Each box goes to an individual child and makes a difference one open lid at a time!