My friend owns a discount craft store and she loves to help children. For the past two years she has collected crafted items all year long for Operation Christmas Child. I have the privilege of delivering them to OCC. Many will go in my own boxes and I'm able to deliver many as fillers each year for the processing center. Every month or two I receive the donated items. As you can see, my tub overfloweth
There are dozens of fleece scarves and crocheted hats (many Aunt Ida's design) and crocheted lovey bitty blankets and pencil cases. Some of the pencil cases are
already filled with sets of the bulk colored pencils we had purchased earlier.
My favorites are these cute little wallets crocheted by a young woman at Chelle's CayBees. There were a couple of dozen of these donated last year and I tucked a pack of crayons inside each. I put them inside plastic bags first just in case there was any problem with melting, I didn't want the lovely wallet ruined. EDITING TO ADD: Chelle has written up the instructions for us. You can find them here: Mini Purse Crochet Instructions.
Do you love crafting handmade items for your shoe boxes? What's your favorite to include? If you haven't already, you might like to join the Crafting For Shoeboxes Facebook page. It's a great place to get new ideas, see what others are crafting and share your own.