June 7, 2012

Dental Office Freebies Help Fill My Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts

Keeping an eye open for free items helps me to be able to fill more shoeboxes.  One of my favorite freebies are oral hygiene products from the dentist since toothpaste and toothbrushes are on my must have list for each Operation Christmas Child shoe box.  Our dentist gives us a toothbrush, tube of toothpaste and dental floss after check ups.  My daughter and mother both gave me theirs from a recent visit to the dentist to add to my shoe box stockpile. I think I will include the little plastic bag, too, as it may come in handy for the child.

Many people who fill dozens of boxes for Operation Christmas Child each year report that many dentists will give them extras.  I asked our dentist one year when we were filling nearly 100 boxes for our summer VBS program and he gave us toothbrushes he ordered special for the purpose of donating.  They were very inexpensive and I have chosen not to request any more as I try to include products of the quality I would give to my own children. And when it comes to toothbrushes, these children may not be able to replace theirs for a long time.  You may want to check with your own dentist for donations of oral hygiene products.

UPDATE 2017:  Toothpaste is no longer allowed in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

5 comments:

Sarah said...

I love freebies! I just got my arm and hammer toothpaste samples in the mail yesterday. Keep an eye out for free samples that can be useful for children :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new freebies!

Cheryl said...

Sarah, I think I ordered that free sample. Hopefully I get it soon :-).

Tam said...

I always save my kids toothbrushes from the dentist too. (we can't send toothpaste from Canada) I have been thinking about asking our dentist for a donation. But have always chickened out. My son has an appt in 2 weeks, this time I will ask. Thanks for the reminder.

And as a side note. I was so encouraged when I read about God giving you the perfect house, and I mentioned my parents were looking for a house. 2 weeks ago, they looked at their first home. And it was immeasurably more than they could ask or imagine! I walked around speechless! Absolutely perfect. In August they move in:) I know you said a prayer for them. Thanks. God is good!

God bless you for all you do.
Tammy

Cheryl said...

Tammy, I can't believe you mentioned your parents' house. I was just thinking about them yesterday and wondered how they made out! :-) So glad to hear how God blessed them. I can't imagine what He is preparing for us in Heaven ("I go to prepare a place for you") when I think of how perfectly he prepared this house for us here on earth.

Let me know how you make out at your dentist. I am pretty much a chicken when asking, too, but since I was doing the boxes in VBS and the dentist's kids were in VBS it was a perfect match that time. I will pray for you as you go.

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