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Containers from MDSupplies & Services Review ~ Great for OCC Shoeboxes

Many people who pack shoeboxes like to make up small kits maybe for sewing, jewelry making, fishing, etc and that requires some time of container.  Or, you may want to be sure the child has some place to store something like a Lego set, Jacks game, etc.  There are a number of options  from MDSupplies & Service's special Shoebox Shoppers order form (Disclosure: post contains affiliate links & I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on them).     MDSupplies & Services has helpfully made us who pack for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes a special order form of just items that can go in OCC shoeboxes...plus it has FREE SHIPPING!!!

They sent me some free samples to check out, and I went around my shoebox stash and saw what would fit in various ones of them to give you some ideas of size and what can fit.  Some do require pretty big lots to order, so may be better for big packing parties, but then if you were just doing a few, you probably could just save some for yourself or with friends.  Some, though, are in lots as low as 12, which would be great for doing a few boxes.  

By the way, while we can't send medicines in shoeboxes, OCC has said the medicine bottles are fine to use if they've been cleaned out, and these would never have been used!  I would probably mark over anything that said something medical though.

These are your basic medicine bottles, and they come with lids sold separately.  These are the ones that would really probably work best if you're doing a big packing party as they come in large cases.  The lids aren't child resistant which I think is probably actually nice as we're sending them to children-Haha!  The lids do seem to snap on quite well!  (Note, in the photo above, those are smaller Jacks set from Kipp Brothers, and mini thread spools from a sewing kit)  Here they are listed from smallest to largest:

Bottles with out lids:

This option comes in three different colors  and come with caps.  The caps are reversible one way is child resistant and normal screw in lid.  The child resistant side is not too hard to open, but I'm not sure the recipients would be familiar with that concept.  Also, if you use them that way be sure not over-fill it; I did that and had to have my Dad force the lid off-haha! The normal screw side is pretty easy to get off-just be aware it screws INTO the bottle, so takes up a little space at the top.  I know some people like to use the open part of the top to make pin cushions.  (Note: these are mini sewing kit spools of thread)

This are probably my favorite bottles-really nice and sturdy!!  They have nice screw on lids.  I was especially excited when I saw the Lego type set I'd bought on clearance fit so well in the large one to make a Wow item!

These next two aren't exactly "Bottles" but are also fun to pack things in-and these are something you probably can't get from a friend-denture cases!  There are two different styles:

These Ortho Boxes - Denture, Assorted Colors (OB-2000)  $6.89 / Box of 12  are the cheaper, and smaller option.  They do have small draining holes in them.  The hinge is just a thin strip of plastic, so I'm not real sure how long it will last.  But I really had fun making different little kits with them and come in a fun assortment of colors!  They have a nice snapping close.

This is a larger/deeper option:  Ortho Boxes - Denture, Assorted Colors (OB-1000) $8.05 / Box of 12 These also come in an assortment of colors.  They don't have any drainage holes in them (as they're designed for soaking/cleaning dentures).  Their hinges are loops of plastic, and seem sturdier than did the flatter ones.  They seem to seal closed pretty well, and have little "legs" on the bottom.

Finally, here's a photo of them with a yard stick for scale:  

I hope this review helps someone...if you have any further questions, please just ask and you may want to check out the rest of my MD Supplies & Services Reviews for items appropriate for packing in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Disclaimer: I received these products free to review, but the opinions are all my own.  Links in this post to MDSupplies & Services are affiliate links and I'll be compensated if you purchase after clicking on them which helps me afford the time to review items, write the blog, and keep up the Facebook page, etc.  And I only share things I pack/think are good for shoeboxes.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

These are great from MD supplies too! Not as sturdy as the ointment containers, but still tough enough to travel and last a while. They have screw on lids and cost less. $20.50 per 100.

You can also purchase 500 non-sterile ones for even less money- that's a lot of containers!


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