Shoebox Packing Parties

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Packing Party Experience

Organizing your shoebox packing party is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Get started below to receive your free event materials.

Step 1

Set Your Shoebox Party Goal

(Please enter numbers without commas.)

(check all that apply)

ZIP code

Step 2

Collect Items to Fill Your Shoeboxes


Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies

Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Hygiene Items (Non-Liquid)

Toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.


T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

A Personal Note

You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

To get younger kids involved download: Printable Coloring Page

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Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

(check all that apply)

Step 4

Collect $9 per Box

Your above goal of 0 shoeboxes has a suggested donation amount of $0 to transport and deliver your gifts.

A donation of $9 per box is critical to transport your gift and deliver it into the hands of a child in need.

Here are ideas on how to help your packing party raise funds to ship your shoeboxes:

People can drop off their $9 in cash or check, or set up a computer or tablet to the Follow-Your-Box page where participants can donate online and print off a label that will track where their shoebox ends up.

This fundraising website is easy to use and a great way to personalize your fundraiser.

This will donate $10 to Operation Christmas Child to help reach even more children. (includes processing fees)

Hand out an item for attendees to return full labeled "Your Change Can Change the World" such as disposable coffee cups or mini banks.

Collect change at VBS or Sunday school, like "a penny war".

Ask your church to take up a shoebox shipping offering during your shoebox dedication service.

Host a fundraiser such as a pancake breakfast, yard sale, or bake sale.

Set up a tree with OCC "ornaments" that are small containers or envelopes, and fill with donations by asking friends and family.

Step 5

Order Materials

Thank you for hosting a packing party! Here are all the free materials you'll need to have the best packing party ever. Don't forget to check out our fun extras you can order as well.



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