Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, 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.
Non-liquid Hygiene Items: Toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights, etc.
Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.
Do Not Include: Toothpaste; used or damage items; candy; gum; war-related items; seeds; food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; and breakable items. Please do not use repurposed medicine or food containers or boxes.
Note: Donate $10 per shoebox by cheque, cash or online. Tax-deductable receipts will be issued for donations over $20.
See a more complete list of age-appropriate "Gift Suggestions," the brochure, "How to Pack a Shoebox," or "Basic Shoebox Labels" on the Samaritan's Purse website at: https://www.samaritanspurse.ca/operation-christmas-child-printable-resources.