Give Joy to the World

Are you wondering what to do with that empty shoebox in your closet?  Don’t toss it…that cardboard shoebox could bring a child to Jesus.

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When I give to others, my heart fills with joy.  Knowing that just filling a simple shoe box makes a difference in a child’s life, makes me want to fill many.  But if you could just fill one shoe box this year.  Please do!  Your gift could be the first and only gift a child somewhere in the world will receive.

Filling a shoebox is really quite simple…

First you must decide whether you are filling a box for a girl or a boy.

Next choose the age category of your child.

  • 2-4 years old
  • 6-9 years old
  • 10-14 years old

Finally, find small items to pack inside your shoebox.  You can fill your shoebox with necessities, school supplies, or items and toys that will be delight and wonder.

Here are some ideas:


small balls, small toy cars, small doll or teddy bear, yo-yo, jump rope, marbles, play-dough, Lego, playing cards, jacks, harmonicas, kazoo, recorders, play jewelry, Slinky, etc.

School Supplies

crayons, pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, erasers, sharpeners, notebooks, notepads, coloring books, stickers, solar calculators, stamps and ink pad sets, etc.

Hygiene Items

(Most of these items can be found in travel sizes)

toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), wash cloths, comb, brush, hair clips or bows, etc.


hard candy, lollipops, bubble gum, mints, (please double bag all candy) T-shirts, socks, hats, gloves or mittens, jewelry, sunglasses, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

Please DO NOT include

Used or damaged items, war-related items such  as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions (nail polish, shampoo, etc.); medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

You may also want to include a note to the child in a separate envelope and a photo of yourself or your family. Your child might even write back if you include your name and address. 

For complete information go to:

At the website you can donate to your boxes shipping costs and Operation Christmas Child will let you know the destination of your shoe box!

Share the love of Jesus with a child this Christmas.  I absolutely enjoyed packing my shoe box and I hope you will too!



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3 responses to “Give Joy to the World

  1. Elijah

    I have packed a shoe box and I really enjoyed doing it!! :)

  2. Kirsten

    So did we(as in my Mom did, lol):)

  3. Elijah

    I think my box went to an arab country because we put the tracker on it! I love doing this each Christmas

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