Samaritan's Purse has suggested items of the month for packing Operation Christmas Child, and for March that is Quality Crafts! This is a great way to add items to shoeboxes.
Many "crafters" have a stash of supplies they can whip up a few projects at little to no cost. We've been able to use some crafting supplies from my late grandmother's stash to make Aunt Ida Hats and pencil bags among other things.
You can also make kits for the child to craft from. I used some extra yarn and beads to make jewelry making kits to send in my 10-14 year old girl boxes.
It is also a great way to get others involved...we are blessed to have Chelle's CayBees and Sew Delightful partner with by creating things for us to put in our boxes! I also read about someone who found a group of ladies in a rest/nursing home who knew how to crochet and were excited to make up hats and other goodies out of yarn they were brought. They were excited to be able to still help others, all it took was someone taking the time to find the ladies and take them some yarn, and people on both ends were blessed! It's like "visiting orphans and widows in their distress" on both ends! You hear "craft" and may think of women, but men who love woodworking can also find this a fulfilling way to take part!
To get ideas check out our Crafts How-to and tutorials page for lots of ideas and instructs for beginner and expert crafters. The Crafting for Shoeboxes page on Facebook is also a great place to get inspiration! Operation Christmas Child also has specific inspiration boards on Pinterest for sewing, knitting, crocheting, and no-sew crafts.
What could you make for your shoeboxes this month?
Photos Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.