October 29, 2015

OCC shoebox for 2-4 year old girl

It's been a busy week with packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  I thought I'd share what my mom packed in one box.  It was for a 2-4 year old girl.  If you'd like ideas for other ages be sure to check out my posts on boxes from this year for: Boy 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 planning and packing but I was able to get off of the items pictured into the pre-printed "Go box" in the picture.  Packing in standard sized boxes, especially the pre-printed boxes helps them get a lot of boxes in each carton they send out and they're more sure they'll have enough for the kids that show up at the distributions. But remember-if you don't have a Go box any shoebox sized box: shoebox, plastic box, even a traditional box!  First I'll share a list of what went into it, then I'll share how it was packed.

What went into the shoebox gift:

  • Hygiene Supplies:
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothbrush case
    • Ivory soap (double bagged)
    • Washcloth
    • Comb
    • Hair clips/bows
  • School Supplies:
    • Pencils
      • 1-regular
      • 2-decorative 
    • Enclosed Sharper
    • Eraser 
    • Small lined paper pad
    • Pencil case
  • Art Supplies:
    • Crayons
    • Crayon case
    • Plain pad of paper
    • Coloring book
  • Practical items: 
    • Mini blanket
    • Silverware 
  • To wear:
    • Shirt
    • Skirt
    • Socks
    • Flip-flops
    • Hat
  • Toys 
    • To play with others
      • Ball
    • To play with quietly alone
      • Rocking dog
      • Lacing Dog
      • Board picture book
    • To "love"
      • Beanie Baby
      • Sewn bear 
  • Candy ( bagged & in original wrapping)
    • 3 Candy Canes
    • 2 packs of Smarties 
    • 3 Suckers
    • 1 Twizzler
    • 1 pack of 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, for instance some can't send candy or homemade stuffed animals.  Be sure to check the guidelines from your national organization before packing!

And here's how it was packed:
 First the letter and plain pad of paper went in.

Then the coloring pad (more info on making them here) and board book flat on the bottom and the rocking toy tucked in a corner.

Then came the candy wrapped in the hat the lacing card on the bottom, flipflops on the side with flat sides out, and soap & washcloth on other side

Then came the crayons in their case and the lined paper, pencils, sharpener, eraser, etc. went in the pencil case.

Then came the ball, shirt tucked in one flipflop, socks & blanket (info on making those here) in the other. In the middle was the skirt that is tightly rolled and rubber-banded to keep it tight.

Finally came they new, stuffed "friends" 

It closes!

Happy Packing!


Nicole Brooke said...

I saw on one post you have an excel spreadsheet for inventory, could you please do s post on it? It would be so helpful to see an example of how to keep up with what I am buying!

Sarah said...

We are in the process of updating how we do that-I'll try to post it soon!

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