Monday, October 10, 2011

Operation Christmas Child (year 2)

Last year way back at the beginning of this blog I posted about Operation Christmas Child but I was a little late to inspire others to get involved! This year I'm a little ahead of schedule and thought I'd share what's going in our shoebox this year.
For those that haven't heard about it before - Operation Christmas Child is all about delivering presents to children in need. You fill a shoebox with a range of items (such as toys, toiletries, stationery and small items of clothing) for a specific gender and age range and drop it in to your local collection point. The boxes are then distributed to children in need all over the world. You can read more about it here.

So here's how our box is looking this year...

We decided to make a box for a boy aged 2-4 years this year. As well as the $9 box donation (for freight) I've probably spent around $20 to fill the box. The contents are:

  • dog cuddly toy
  • stacking cups
  • handmade crochet ball with a bell
  • rubber bouncy ball
  • pegs with animals on them
  • My Happy book
  • multi-colour pen
  • toothbrush
  • soap
  • Winnie the Pooh plasters
  • post-it's
  • chalk
  • a hardback notepad
  • an animal beaker
  • 2 face flannels
I'm also going to raid my sticker collection and find some to add in and write a letter on behalf of my baby boy for the recipient of the shoebox.

I'm sure I could have saved money by making more items (I'm going to attempt a crocheted beanie and handmade soft toy next year I think) and also buying some of the items as I saw them on special. I'll try to be more organised next year!

Anyway - if you're keen to do your own shoebox (and you can do as many as you like as long as you pay the $9 donation for each one) head over to the list of collection points and check when the deadline is for dropping off. You can also pick up a box from them (like I did -you can see it at the back of all the items in the photo) if you don't have one.

Palmy people - I got the box and will be dropping it back off at Manna on Broadway and their deadline for drop-off's is 22nd October.

And if you are inspired to fill your own box I'd love to hear about it :-)


  1. Those animal pegs are adorable! I try do a box whenever I can :) It's such a great idea and it's so amazing to be part of it!

  2. This is such a great idea. And what a lovely selection of things you've put in it too!


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