Monday, October 12, 2015

Include a Letter in Your Shoebox!

"Only God knew the story he would write of our lives when Katie finished packing a shoebox gift and her mom prayed it would go to a child in an unreached country. For years we were pen pals and exchanged letters, and then the Lord allowed me to meet her dad in 2003 and then to meet Katie herself in 2009.
This weekend, 14 years after receiving her shoebox gift, I had the privilege to see her and her family again, this time at the house where she grew up, where she wrote all of her letters. 
Here we are standing with all the letters we have exchanged over the years. Only you God, only you!" - Yuliya, shoebox recipient

Of course, not everyone receives a letter from their shoebox recipient but it happens more often than you might think..... so write a letter, maybe include a photo, and perhaps.... you will receive a letter back. Even if you don't know that your shoebox will make a difference in a child's life.. and that is quite a gift in and of itself.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nanor, Shoebox recipient from the Middle East speaking in Medford October 11th.. a bit of her story

Nanor is speaking in Medford OR tomorrow...
When:     October 11th, Sunday, at 4:30 pm
Where:     First Church of the Nazarene
                1974 NE McAndrews Road
                Medford, OR   97501  

I can't wait to go!!! I hope you can go too... learn the difference a simple shoebox can make.

Nanor received THIS gift almost 20 years ago as a 5 year old child in the Middle East.. she kept it all these years. She kept in contact with the girl who sent the gift too! Can you imagine? 
She lived with war and such difficult times and this box planted a seed of Christ in her... and brought her such joy and hope that she treasured it ALL these years! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Operation Christmas Child Community Packing Party is ALMOST HERE!!

WOW... this year has been crazy, with family health crisis and the travel involved to care for my ailing parents, and now, I have a broken leg... but SOMEHOW our Awesome God has continued to move our Packing Party forward... and it is almost time! We hope to pack 300+ shoeboxes for children in need in Jesus' name....

OCTOBER 24th, from 1-4 pm at BBC Ministries here in Klamath Falls. You can learn more about the event at

Please help me get the word out so that MANY can experience the joy of packing a shoebox. Share the site above so that more can learn about this opportunity. Items have been collected and now we need people to come and help us fill these boxes with stuff but MORE importantly with love and prayer and letters.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Composition Notebooks: Double the fun

Found this AMAZING idea at Christ is the Heart of Christmas 

Take your composition notebooks to a home improvement store and have them run them through their big saws... LOOK how amazing these are! And they will fit perfectly in the shoeboxes.

These will decorate up easily if you wanted.. and you will bless kids with these notebooks. School supplies are ALWAYS a blessing to the children who receive the shoeboxes!

Learn more at and while you are there poke around at all her other fabulous ideas!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Cute, Easy, No Sew Pencil Cases

This pencil pouch can cost under 10 cents depending on your source of duct tape and ziplocks. Try the dollar store for the tape. Thanks to Cathy on FB for the heads up for the idea!

This is made with a gallon ziplock and duct tape. Use tape down the bag and cut to desired depth. Some crafters fold the bottom up a bit to avoid it being sticky inside and tape the bottom. SO cute. This would be a great craft for youth groups! Duct tape crafts are trendy and easy and fun.. and putting together their own pencil case for the boxes would be a great idea for any youth packing party.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Shoebox Stories... Reaching the Heart of a Child in the Middle East

Please consider looking around at the other stories.. see the impact a simple gift can have, bring hope, and love, and grace, and salvation to a precious child.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Basics: When, Where, Why, and How to Pack a Shoebox

When?  Collection Week is November 16-23, 2015. You can find the exact times for your location at  If you are in Klamath Falls, hours and location will be listed in the sidebar to the right.

Where?? There are thousands of drop off locations around the nation.... many churches and groups participate. If you don't know of one, you can find a drop off location at the link above.

Why??? Because it blesses children. There are a billion children around the world living in poverty, in war torn areas, in orphanages, in disaster zones, and in areas where the Gospel is not preached. Your box will bring joy and hope and love to a hurting child and with that box will go the Good News that transforms lives. 

You can read tons of stories, and see videos, and get more information at

How to Pack a Shoebox

  1. Shoebox

    Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.
  2. Boy or Girl

    Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.
  3. Fill With Gifts

    Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions below).
  4. Include $7 Donation Per Box

    Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $7 for each gift you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your box. Or, you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation. Note: Follow Your Box is only available through online giving.
    Remember to Pray for the children who will receive your shoebox gifts.
  5. Drop Off

    Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to the drop-off location nearest you during National Collection Week. Visit our Drop-off Locations page to find the closest collection site. Or, call 1-800-353-5949.

Quick Tools

  • Instructions & Labels

    Includes large-print instructions, gift suggestions, and labels.
    Download Now
  • Need More Labels?

    A full page of printer-friendly boy/girl labels for multiple shoebox gifts.
    Download Now
  • Need Boxes for a Large Group?

    You can order pre-printed boxes in sets of 100 for a suggested donation.
    Order Now

Gift Suggestions

  • Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy trucks, 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 or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
  • Accessories: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries).
  • 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 write back.
  • 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.

What to Pack in a Shoebox

This year Samaritan's Purse has done an amazing job with their website. I love how clearly everything is explained. And I LOVE their page on ideas of what to pack in a shoebox.

They start by saying include a WOW item. Isn't that what we want.. the box to be a WOW.. a true blessing? What makes the box wow will be different for each child, so pray before you pack. If you have read stories of the shoeboxes you know the item that touches a child's heart can be anything.

Even so they have listed some great ideas: a deflated soccer ball and small hand pump, a stuffed animal or doll, a musical instrument such as a nice harmonica, shoes, or an outfit. This WOW item whether expensive or just carefully and prayerfully chosen will speak God's love into their heart.

I want the child who receives MY box to say WOW, don't you? What will be that item in your box?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Adult T-shirt becomes PJ Pants

I love when sites give full tutorials!! Last year I was offered many XL and XXL men's tshirts... but did not have time nor the info to do anything with them... IF it happens again I will know what to do with them!

Theses are SO cute and you can find the instructions at

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Clearance is Coming!!

Already going at craft stores, Monday the real sales begin! Walmart and Rite Aid and Fred Meyer will mark theirs down on Monday, generally at 50% off! Friday or Saturday it should go to 75% off at Walmart. This is a great time to get cute stuffed animals, from bunnies to puppies to chicks to my VERY FAVORITE: lambs! But you can also get pencils, cups, stickers, notepads, small toys, and hard candy.

Happy Shopping! And have a joyous weekend as we celebrate the most precious gift Jesus gave to us.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Jesus Loves Me Pom Pom Critter Craft

Ahhhh something from my youth.... and a fun and easy craft for all ages!! I thought for Valentine's Day we could make something for our shoeboxes! Something FUN.


The instruction for THESE pom pom critters can be found at

I thought this would be even MORE cute for the shoeboxes if you included a tag of Jesus Loves Me ribbon. There are many types available online... but here is one sample available from Hobby Lobby: