How to Pack a Shoebox

How to Pack a Shoebox


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Find a Shoebox

Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.

Order preprinted shoeboxes for your church or event.


Girl or Boy?

Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.


Fill with Gifts

Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.

See Our Gift Suggestions

Or download and print our list of suggested gifts.



Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.


Follow Your Box Labels

Donate $9i online and receive a label to Follow Your Boxi and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.

Get Label

If you prefer to download and print basic labels,i remember to include your $9 donation per shoebox.



Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, Nov. 16–23, 2020.

Drop-off Locations