Changing a Life This Christmas

Operation Christmas Child Box for a Boy (age 10-14)

A little known fact is that the 10 – 14 year old age range is the group with the least number of recipients within Operation Christmas Child. The boys especially. Since my son is 10 this year, we are making it a point to make several boxes for this very special group.

What do you give a tween/early teen boy?


Boys this age are starting to care more about being practical with their spare time, rather than wanting to spend their time playing with toys. They want to build, invent, tinker, and fix things. It is important for them to feel useful. They feel more grown up and their hobbies will reflect that. We packed:

  • nails
  • screws
  • nuts
  • bolts
  • measuring tape
  • level
  • duct tape
  • screwdriver with changeable heads
  • flashlight with extra batteries


Around these ages, boys are also going to start caring more about what they look like, what they smell like, and how good their hair looks. That makes me smile because it just goes to show how much they are growing up and taking pride in themselves. We packed:

  • deodorant
  • a foldable brush with mirror
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • washcloth
  • bar of soap
  • plain baseball cap

School Supplies

Not many boys this age are fortunate enough to attend school, however thanks to organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, more children are able to attend school than ever before. If a child is able to receive an education, they are often lacking the most basic equipment that they need, such as writing utensils. I heard a story from a lady who traveled to Ghana last year to help distribute the OCC boxes. She said that the number of children who jumped for joy over a mere pencil or pen was astonishing. Because of the Follow Your Box feature, we know that our boxes last year went to Ghana and I pray that our children were some of those that were blessed by the pencils and other school supplied that we included. We packed:

  • 12 pencils
  • 10 pens
  • 10 colored pencils
  • 2 pencil sharpeners
  • 3 small notebooks

Fun Stuff

With all the practical supplies we included, of course we could never leave out the fun stuff! Boys are boys after all, no matter how old they are! We packed:

  • 3 Blowpops
  • origami set
  • rubber bouncy ball
  • deck of playing cards
  • wooden airplane to build

Why do we support Operation Christmas Child every year? No words are even needed from me…just watch this very short 52 second video showing a boy from Angola as receives his shoebox. This video alone will make you want to fill a dozen boxes!

See our boxes for three 5 – 9 year old boys.

As a member of the Samaritan’s Purse Blogger Team, I write about the ministry on a volunteer basis. All posts are my own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Samaritan’s Purse. I am not on employee, agent, or contractor of Samaritan’s Purse.

*Disclosure: this post may contain affiliate links.


  1. Thanks for sharing ideas for the 10-14 boy group! We are packing a box for that age/gender group this year b/c of the fact that they receive the least number of shoe box gifts. I love the idea of including tools and deodorant! I hadn’t thought of either of those!

  2. Thank you for sharing this message on your fabulous blog. We live in Madagascar and serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship. My husband is the aircraft mechanic at the hangar and he has the seen the boxes there ready to go. It is so exciting to be on this side watching it happen too. Because of senders, this really does happen! And the neat part about it is the kids who receive the boxes usually participate in a local “VBS” type course, and then at the end they are presented with the boxes. They are not just handed out randomly. This gives them the opportunity to also receive a tract in their local language — the Gospel message. I think this helps really make an impact with recipients and to create a wonderful memory for them. Thanks again! Here is also a wonderful video done by Samaritan’s Purse with Operation Christmas Child in Madagascar:

  3. This is a GREAT list for older boys! I never thought of duct tape – even though my 12 year-old girl loves her duct tape!

    I have one child in each age range, so we have fun packing boxes for all ages at our house!

  4. I pack boxes forkids in each of the ages categories. For the older boys I pack some or all of the following: flashlight, calculator, pens & pencils, 2-3 notebooks and/or small legal pads, flexible ruler, index cards, superhero or car bandaids, soap & washcloth, toothbrush & toothpaste, t-shirt, flip-flops, any kind of ball (I like the kind that light up, but inflatable beach balls are nice too, or the mini globes if you can find them, or the lightweight balls kids fill with water), ping-pong-type game, a puzzle (this year I used glow-in-the dark dinosaur puzzles and some wild animal puzzles), flash cards (planets, wild animals, landmarks of the world — from Target), small binoculars, a small car, party favor noisemakers (the kind that you blow into), car/truck/animal stickers, age-appropriate activity pad, bookmark, and an age-appropriate picture book, along with a letter, card and photo, and decorative cutouts (wild animals, tropical fish, planets) in the bottom of the box.

  5. Lesia

    I have been packing shoeboxes for as long as its been around but I have never focused on that age group. I have even worked at the packing center and noticed there were fewer boxes for boys but it just didn’t register till I read your posting. So, this year, we will make all our boxes for this age group! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Pingback: Packing My Operation Christmas Child Box…and the benefit of 2nd cousins | Come Home For Comfort

  7. Linda

    My husband and I pack deflated soccer balls, along with a pump, for boys in that age group. This was my husbands idea and I thought it was great. The soccer ball can bring fun to a whole village.

  8. Pingback: Packing My Operation Christmas Child Box…and the benefit of 2nd cousins | Come Home For Comfort

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *