October 30, 2015

OCC shoebox for 10-14 year old boy

It's been a busy week with packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  I thought I'd share what my dad would pack in a GoBox for a 10-14 year old boy.   If you'd like ideas for other ages be sure to check out my posts on boxes from this year for:  Girl 2-4 yearsBoy 2-4 yearsGirl 10-14 years, & Boy 10-14 years...as the middle range 5-9 gets the most boxes, we chose to do the other ages this year.

It took some careful packing but he was able to get all of the items pictured into the pre-printed "Go box" in the picture. Now, if you don't have a GoBox, that's no problem-any shoebox (cardboard or plastic) or something of the same size (normal box, new tool box, etc). This year we packed in traditional shoeboxes, plastic shoeboxes, as well as a GoBox. First I'll share a list of what went into it, then I'll share how it was packed!  Remember this is just an example, other boxes substituted Legos for the game, or added a flashlight, or other variations.  We try to make no two boxes exactly alike!

What went into this shoebox gift:


  • Hygiene Supplies:
    • Toothbrush w/cap
    • Ivory soap (double bagged)
    • Washcloth
    • Comb 
  • School Supplies:
    • Pens
      • 2-black
      • 2-blue
    • Pencils
      • 2-regular
      • 3-decorative
      • 1-mechanical 
    • Sharper
    • Eraser
    • Paper & binder clips
    • Lined paper in composition book
    • Pencil case
  • Art Supplies:
    • Colored Pencils
    • Scissors
    • Plain paper (computer paper)
    • Envelope   
  • To wear:
    • Shirt
    • Socks
    • Hat
  • Toys & games
    • To play with others
      • Bag of marbles
      • Tennis ball
      • Travel Parcheesi style game
      • 2 Hot Wheel type cars
      • Balloons
    • To play with quietly alone
      • Mini slinky
      • Mini top
      • Mini clapper
    • To "love"
      • Beanie Baby type stuffed animal
  • Draw-string backpack type bag
  • Candy (bagged & in original wrapping)
    • 7 Candy Canes
    • 5 Bubble Gums
    • 3 Suckers
    • 2 packs of Smarties 
    • 1 Twizzler
    • 1 Starburst
  • Personal correspondence (not pictured)
    • Family photo
    • Letter 
NOTE:  Different countries have different restrictions on what can be packed in a shoebox due to customs...be sure to check the guidelines from your national organization before packing!

And here's how he packed it:
He tucked the plain paper and envelope in the front of the  composition book.

Which he then put in the bottom of the box-tucking the comb in the corner space.

Then came the tote bag & toothbrush.

Then came the pencil kit with school & art supplies and some of the toys and games.


Then the candy on one side and soap on the other with more toys and stuffed animal added.


It closes!


Happy Packing!

5 comments:

Sheila Perl said...

Great post!! It is so nice to see how you pack an actual box!!
Thank you :)

marcy said...

great box! i packed 10 boxes this year, 2 10-14 girls, 1 10-14 boy, 2 2-4 boys, 2 2-4 girl, 1 5-9 boy, 2 5-9 girls. and all the boxes only cost me 20.00! yah! i also sent fillers and even saw that my fillers were able to fill another 10 boxes! God is an awesome God! i hope they enjoy their Christmas gifts, and learn of the amazing love of our Lord! did i tell you i am only 11 years old!

Sarah said...

That's great Marcy! Thanks for sharing!

marcy said...

thank you for all the great ideas and deals! without this site i wouldent know about occ! you inspire me to: work hard for occ. shop hard. pray hard. i love packing shoe boxes and could not imagine life without occ. i am one of those kind of people who need a project a goal and a pourpose. i use to be rude and unkind and quite sassy just trying to find some thing out of nothing. then i heard about occ and everything changed! thank you Sarah for you kind words of wisdom! YOU ARE TRULY BLESSING MANY CHILDREN!

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad to have been able to help you...and the children!

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