4! Little Things to Go and No – Operation Christmas Child Countdown

OCC Countdown 4

Everyone loves a WOW toy! Children also love all the little things in life*. (Adults should take lessons, eh? Winking smile)

Tuck a few small gifts in your shoebox to keep your WOW toy company on the journey.

Some Gifts are a Go, Some a No

What can we include in our shoeboxes?

As long as it isn’t on this list, the world is your oyster. (Oh, but no oysters, please. A few days in a shoebox? Peeyew!)


The Do Not Include List

  • Candy (of any kind, as of 2017)
  • Toothpaste (as of 2017)
  • Used or damaged items
  • War-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures
  • Food
  • Drink mixes (powdered or liquid)
  • Liquids
  • Lotions
  • Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers
  • Aerosol cans
Do Not Include List

Plenty to Pack!

Even though the Do Not Include List is a bit longer this year, the You Can Pack This List is still longermuch longer!

In fact, it’s SO LONG there isn’t a comprehensive list anywhere in the world!

If you have a conscience twinge with any of the suggested gifts you discover hither and yon, there’s a simple solution: Choose something else!  Open-mouthed smile

Here are some ideas to get you started:

(click image for .pdf) Gift Ideas by Age

And for more info about filling in nooks and crannies, here’s a post from last year’s shoeboxing: Filler Fun!

Ask God to lead you in shopping and enjoy the journey!

And remember: It’s about the Good News of Jesus Christ, not about toys, politics, or Americanism. It’s about sharing the eternal plan of the Creator, sending His Son to be our Savior.

*REALITY CHECK: I just read a post by someone who is anti-shoebox. (That’s the least of her anti-s. God help her. Literally.)

She stated that one of the problems with sending toys to children around the world is they won’t know how to play with American-style toys. Talk about narrow-minded. Surprised smile

Reminds me of anti-homeschoolers who said my children won’t learn to stand in line.  Uh, ever been to the post office with your toddlers, lady? Winking smile

There’s more than one way to play with a toy, for gravy’s sake. Let the children be creative in their play. Maybe they will find a new way to play with or use a toy that we have never thought of!

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