October 29, 2015

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox for 2-4 Year Old Girl

An Operation Christmas Child shoebox packed for a 2 to 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 all 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 shoeboxes 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 an Operation Christmas Child Go box any shoebox sized box: shoebox, plastic box, even a traditional box will work!  See the pros and cons of different shoeboxes here:  What Type of Box to Use.  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: 
  • To wear:
    • Shirt
    • Skirt
    • Socks
    • Flip-flops
    • Hat
  • Toys 
  • Candy ( bagged & in original wrapping) UDPATE 2017:  Candy no longer allowed.
    • 3 Candy Canes
    • 2 packs of Smarties 
    • 3 Suckers
    • 1 Twizzler
    • 1 pack of Starburst
  • Personal correspondence (not pictured)
NOTE:  Different countries have different restrictions on what can be packed in an OCC 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.

Hard cover book for 2 to 4 year old girl OCC shoebox.
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.

Packing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox for a 2 to 4 year old girl.
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

Handcrafted items in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
Then came the crayons in their case and the lined paper, pencils, sharpener, eraser, etc. went in the pencil case.

A full OCC shoebox for a 2 to 4 year old girl.
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.

2 to 4 year old girl Operation Christmas Child shoebox
Finally came they new, stuffed "friends" 

OCC Go box full and ready to go.

It closes!  The rubber bands hold it tight.

We often pack themed boxes.  If you are interested in seeing some of those you can find the posts in this link:  Themed Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.

2 comments:

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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