Operation Christmas Child


It’s shoe box time! Operation Christmas Child drop off week is just around the corner…November 17-24, 2014. It is not too late to pack your shoe box for a child in need. For many children around the world, a Christmas shoe box is just the first step to following Christ. Through your selfless act of love, these children witness the love of Christ firsthand. This is why my family and I are committed to blessing 3 boys every year through Operation Christmas Child. In 2013, our shoeboxes were received by 3 boys in Chad, one of the countries right in the center of Africa. In 2012, our shoeboxes went to Ghana.

Why do we choose boys? A little known fact is that the 10 – 14 year old age range for boys is the group with the least number of recipients within Operation Christmas Child. Maybe it is because it is easier for participants to chose items for the younger age. If this is you…here is a list of items that would be perfect for a 10-14 year old young man.

Operation Christmas Child: Gifts for a 10-14 year old boy

This year our items included:

  • 12 piece screwdriver set
  • duct tape
  • flash light
  • extra batteries
  • magnifying glass
  • bar of soap
  • washcloth
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • small Erector-like airplane kit
  • notebook
  • pencils
  • pens
  • erasers
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • 11″ inflatable globe (I received these free from Oriental Trading. You can purchase 12 globes for only $13.50. Very sturdy vinyl! I requested these globes because they are great for educational purposes AND can be used like a beach ball for playing games with friends. They arrive flattened and wrapped in plastic. Very compact and take up little space.)
  • 2 puzzle balls (I received these free from Oriental Trading. You can purchase 12 puzzles for only $5.00. These puzzle balls are pretty challenging, so they are great for tweens and teens. They come with instructions that are entirely picture based, so the ability to read English is not required.)


Click the image below to be taken to Operation Christmas Child’s website, where you can purchase a label and look up your closest drop off location.


Need a demonstration on how to pack as much as possible into your box? See my post where I show step by step how to stuff a box.


Need ideas in general for all ages? See my post 100 Shoebox Ideas for a Boy and Jamie’s 100 Shoebox Ideas for a Girl


OCC-blogger-buttonAs a member of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child 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.

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