December 28, 2016

Example of an OCC Shoebox for a 5-9 Year Old Girl - 2016

Operation Christmas Child shoebox example for 5 to 9 year old girl.Here's an Operation Christmas Child shoebox we packed for a 5-9 year old girl this year.    This shoebox was 342 inches cubed, for comparison, a GO box is 306 inches cubed, so it's pretty close in size. 


If you'd like ideas for other ages be sure to check out my posts on boxes from this year for: Girl 2-4 years,   Boy 2-4Boy 5-9Girl 10-14, & Boy 10-14.

NOTE:  Different countries have different restrictions on what can be packed in an OCC shoebox due to customs, and 2016 is the last year for candy in the USA.  Be sure to check the guidelines from your national organization before packing!

What went into the shoebox gift:


  • Hygiene Supplies:
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothbrush case
    • Ivory soap (bagged)
    • Soap case (snack container)
    • Washcloth
    • Comb 
  • School Supplies:
      • Pencils
        • 3-regular
        • 4-decorative 
      • Pens
        • 1-red
        • 1-blue
        • 1-black
      • Enclosed Sharper/Eraser  combo
      • Erasers
      • Ruler/stencil/compass combo
      • Composition book
      • Mini lined notebook
      • Pencil case
    • Art Supplies:
      • Colored Pencils
      • Plain pad of paper
      • Small coloring book 
      • Scissors
      • Practical items: 
        • Flashlight & extra batteries
        • Mini blanket
        • Bag to store items in
      • To wear:
        • Headband
        • Hat
        • Bracelet
        • Sandals
      • Toys 
      • Candy ( bagged & in original wrapping) UPDATE:  As of 2017 no candy is allowed.
      • Personal correspondence (not pictured)

      And here's how it was packed:



      Bottom layer of OCC shoebox gift.
      You can see we started by putting the flat things in the box, flat against the sides.


      Fitting lots of gifts into an OCC shoebox.
      More flat things along the sides (shoes, soap case, etc).

      Adding a third layer of gifts to an OCC shoebox.
      Soft things like marbles fit around the ball




      Adding the soft gifts to fit well in an OCC shoebox.
      Last layer of gifts in an OCC shoebox.
      I slide the composition book, small coloring book, and colored pencils down the side, the blanket went flat on top.

      Fitting a full size notebook in an OCC shoebox.
      The composition book then bent over the top, the advantage to soft ones!

      Many people ask about adding a full size notebook in a shoebox so I wrote a post about it:  How to Fit a Full Size Spiral Notebook in and Operation Chritstmas Child Shoebox.  There are more details on the various ways one will fit.

      You may also like to check out our complete series on How To Fit More in An OCC Shoebox.

      We don't pack many shoeboxes for this age range, but you can see some of what we have in these posts:  5 to 9 year old Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

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