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A Variety of Items ~ Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 1/2/2016

Quite a large variety of items added to our Operation Christmas Child stockpile this week.

Tin to pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox in.
 Here are some things we have found on hand.  The tin had cookies in it (but the stickers designating it as food are all removed).  It should hold about as much as a Go Box, but it won't take up more room than a basic plastic shoebox (see this post on details of What Kind of Box to use to Pack and Operation Christmas Child Shoebox)-it's so pretty, can't wait to pack a 10-14 girl's box in it!  Plus a couple small notebook and pencils we came across and didn't think we'd use, so we'll send them.  Plus when I was packing up some decorations I realized I had an extra one of this nutcrackers.  It was like new, and I liked having nutcrackers as a child, so thought it'd be cute to send.

Crochet scarf and hate.
My mom made this super pretty scarf and hat set, she hopes to enter it in the fair next year. 

My mom got some money towards shoeboxes for Christmas, and there was a craft store having a clearance sale, so my sister and I went and got some good stuff.  Fabric to go with the train set.  The scissors & tools are for my dad's 10-14 boy shoeboxes.  The sewing items are to add to my 10-14 girl boxes. 

Dollar General:   Blue Dot Toy was 50% off and the Christmas clearance was 75% off (now back to 50% off, there are reports it's was a glitch.)  The toy was $2.50, everything else was $0.25 except for the pencils which were $0.12.  

The soap at CVS was like $2.77, but I needed just a little over $2 to get my $5 beauty club ECB from spending $50 on beauty this year, so it' works out to free or better. 

Coloring and board book 50% off. 

I was looking through some of our toys we have on a shelf for if children visit, and came across this car, we'd bought at a garage sale, decided we had enough other toys, so into the shoebox stock it goes! :) 

A local dollar store had Christmas buy 1 get 1 free, so I got these bags for $0.50 each!!!  I'm afraid they'll show dirt easily as they're white-but they're sturdy and won't take up much room in a box and it's hard to beat $0.50 for a tote bag!  Plus some cute little stamps!

Plus my mom and sister crocheted 11 more Aunt Ida hats with free yarn.

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $8.65

Spent from gift cards earned or that I have won online: $2.85 (hope to get $5 back in ECB)

Added to stockpile:
  • 5 tote bags
  • 6 mini stamps
  • 1 model car
  • 3 bars soap
  • 1 board book
  • 1 coloring book
  • 13 hats
  • 1 scarf
  • 3 decorative pencils with decorative eraser
  • 2 packs playing cards
  • 1 set cookie cutters
  • 1 Lego type set
  • 1 sheet stickers
  • 1 set penguin magnets
  • 8 scissors
  • 2 tools
  • 2 sets sewing tools
  • 1 packing tin
  • 2 mini notebooks
  • 1 mini nutcracker
  • 8 decorative pencils 
If you are looking for some craft ideas for your shoeboxes check out our Crafting For Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes Tutorial Index.  Lots of illustrated instructions for items perfect for a shoebox.


jeri said...

Thanks for posting the hats... it was my mom that made all those hats for the homeless, that's her pattern. So happy to see people still making them, mom would be so pleased!

Sarah said...

You're welcome! Glad you appreciated/enjoyed seeing it!

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