We have heard from a lot of people that they would love to pack a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child, but their church is not participating in this program and they do not know what to do. Friends, if you are in this boat, we have a solution for you, and would love for you to join us!
In addition to the Youth Group Challenge, Jordyn is also packing her own shoeboxes and we’d love to invite you to create a Best Friend Box following these 6 steps:
Find a standard size shoebox or plastic box with lid. If you wrap the shoebox, please wrap the box and lid separately.
- Choose whether you will pack the box for a boy or girl and their age group.
- Print off Label below and tape to the lid of your box.
- Fill the shoebox with gifts (see our list of 100 items to put into a shoebox gift).
- Include a $7 donation per shoebox to help cover shipping costs. If you do this donation online, you can even track your box with a special label and will receive an email when your gift arrives at it’s destination.
- Drop it off at one of the OCC Hubs nearest you. Check out this link to find a drop off location nearest you!
You can also check out this link for more detailed information of how to pack your own Shoebox Gift.
If you plan to participate in this #BestFriendBox Program, we’d love to hear from you on our Facebook Page. Drop us a note and let us know where you are from and how many boxes you are packing! Then, after your shoebox is packed, please post a picture of you and your gifts to our page, Faith Like a Child, Inc with the hashtag #BestFriendBox. We’d love to be able to track where the Best Friend Boxes are coming from!
There are so many great things you can put in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite ideas. For the next 30 Days, I will be taking a closeup picture of an item you can put in a box. I want you to try and guess what it is. Maybe if you can’t figure it out, ask your kids to help you.
Here is the first one. What do you think it is?
Please join me on my Facebook Page to play this game with me. I will be packing four very special boxes this year and will choose one person who takes a guess on my Facebook page each week to be a part of these special boxes. I will pack the box in their honor and will add a special tracking label to the box where the winners will receive an email of where their box went to after it has been delivered. The first winner will be announced on October 9th.
Hi friends, this is Jordyn. Here is my top 10 list for packing a great shoebox for a girl for Operation Christmas Child.
- A cuddly toy – I really like cuddly toys, so I think a girl would like this too.
- Toothbrush – I think a toothbrush is good because it will help keep their teeth clean.
- Toothpaste – I think toothpaste is also good for the same reason.
- Hairbrush/Comb – I would add a hairbrush or comb to help them keep their hair untangled.
- Soap – I think soap is important to help them get clean when they take a shower.
- Bracelet – This is one of my favorites. I would add a bracelet to remind them that people care about them.
- Notebook – I think a notebook would be good so they could write down some stuff they are thinking about.
- Pens or Pencils – Pens and pencils will help them write and draw.
- A T-Shirt – I would want to make sure they have something new and clean to wear.
- A Handwritten Note – I think a note would mean a lot to them and help them know Jesus loves them.
Remember, after you have filled your shoebox to print one of these labels out. Cut it down to size and check the correct box so that OCC knows who the gift is for.
Jordyn is hoping to encourage kids all over the country to pack a shoebox. If you are interested in more info, check out Jordyn’s Youth Challenge for Operation Christmas Child!
As of TODAY, we have collected over 17,000 items to fill the care packages for the homeless!! (Check out this page to see our progress!!)
Our project has had some twists and turns along the way and the focus has been redirected a little bit.
We will be filling 1,000 care packages for the homeless to give to the Firehouse Shelter in downtown Birmingham, AL. And, we will also be donating thousands of supplies to the Leeds Outreach. Both of these ministries work with people who fit the original intent of this project and we are very excited to partner with them to reach more people.
We are still collecting items all week long and are in need of T-Shirts, toothpaste, bottles of water, bars of soap, and socks. We have set up a YouCaring fundraising site if you are able to donate towards this cause. Above all else, please continue to pray for this Love Project and for those who will receive these care packages! We appreciate all of your love and support. If you’d like to receive more updates on what we are doing, please connect with us on Facebook!
Hi friends, this is Jordyn.
A couple weeks ago, there was an earthquake in Nepal. I first heard about Nepal because Miss Jill went on a missions trip there last year. When I heard about the earthquake, I found out that many people died and many people lost everything they had. If I lost everything I had, I would feel super sad and want someone to help me. If you lost everything you had, how would you feel?
I wanted to go to Nepal and bring some of of my toys, some food, and some blankets to help them. But, I’m not really able to do that. So, I decided to raise money for Nepal so the people can eat and sleep better, and so they can start over. I would like to raise $5,000 to help. I want to help Samaritan’s Purse where I did my Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Love Project and also dōTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation because both groups are collecting water, food, shelter, and supplies to help the people of Nepal. dōTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation is also matching every $1.00 raised between now and the end of May. Isn’t that awesome?
Will you please help us by donating some money? I will be making 50 bracelets that I will be giving to the first 50 people who donate at least $20. Thank you so much friends.
**All donations are tax-deductible through the Faith Like a Child Non-Profit Organization (501c3). If you would like to send a gift of love, please click on the Paypal button on the right.
Hi friends, This is Jordyn and I wanted to tell you about my new Love Project.
I want to make 5,000 care packages for people in need. 2,500 for kids and 2,500 for adults. I want to give these packages to people in our church to keep in their cars, so they can give them to someone who might need help when they are driving around.
I want to put small toys, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, a T-Shirt, socks, bandaids, food, water, and a note telling them that Jesus loves them. I will do a packing party on the Serve Day of our church in July. But for now, I will start collecting all the items we need to fill these care packages. I am also starting a small group at my Church (the training today was BORING) to help reach this goal.
Very soon I will give you more details if you want to help me. Thanks so much! Jordyn