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Looking for an easy way to give back this holiday season?

Consider heading over here and donating $5 for a shoe box to be assembled in your name and then donated to Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Please keep in mind that you will not receive this item, it will be sent for you.

If you are not familiar with this organization, make sure you watch their video and/or go here to learn more.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Even sweeter, your $5 donation will be doubled as the team over at That Daily Deal will MATCH it! So, if you donate a box, they will also donate a box… or if you donate 10 boxes – they will donate 10 boxes! 😍 The boxes will be assembled and delivered to a local drop off area. How cool is that?!

Here are 12 Ways to Give Back as a Family (We’ve Included a Free Printable for Inspiration, too!)

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Comments 37

  1. SamShops

    Our church participates in this every year. We pick up the empty boxes at church and bring them back filled with new toys, etc. My kids help with this and get a lot out of the experience😊

  2. Jennifer

    Such a great organization to support! My coworkers decided to fill up shoeboxes instead of buying gifts to swap at Christmas this year. It’s such a rewarding experience buying for someone else!

  3. Suzanne

    Thanks so much for posting this! We let our daughter pack the shoebox each year. I love that we can help more through this deal!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How sweet! You’re welcome, Suzanne!

  4. Mary

    This is one of the worst charity scams. Please people, research and learn how this does not help poor children

    • Ladybugs

      I was wondering what the scam was that one of the readers posted?

      • JackiWolfe

        I’m not sure about a scam, but there are things about this program that I don’t like. I’d rather donate to a charity that addresses global poverty by addressing the root issues, not encouraging reliance on others with handouts. There are also issues with items in boxes that were donated with good intentions, but aren’t helpful or culturally relevant.

        • Dionna

          When you pack a box yourself, it gives you a list of things that are allowed and things that are prohibited. Children get necessities like chapstick, soap, gloves and toothbrushes and a couple of fun items like a doll or a ball. This only happens once a year, so I don’t know that it encourages reliance on handouts. They’re still fending for themselves in a third world country the rest of the year.

        • Kat Cooper

          3 of my 5 adopted kids received one of these boxes when they were orphans. We adopted the oldest at age 13. This means she never ever was given a single birthday or Christmas gift. However, she remembers the one time she was given an Operation Christmas Child box. My other kids and I have given boxes every year for the past 10 years and they were so excited to meet some kids (their own siblings) who received boxes. We love buying items to give kids all over the globe.

    • vcraft22

      what scam are you talking about? Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child are great ministries!

    • Kat Cooper

      That’s so sad you feel that way. An OCC box was the ONLY gift our (adopted) children ever received in their entire life before we adopted them. No birthday or Christmas presents for 13 years, but this sweet box from far away. I don’t consider that a scam at all.

    • Ashley

      While on a medical missions trip to Haiti I saw Samaritan’s Purse aid stations EVERYWHERE. Samaritan’s Purse came in after the 2010 earthquake and stayed during the major cholera outbreak that soon followed. They are legit. They care. Please ignore the naysayers.

  5. Ladybugs

    I’ve done this with them for 2 years. When I do the boxes myself I seem to spend a great deal more. This makes it pretty easy on the budget and essentially it’s 2 they are receiving!

  6. Laurie V

    I’ve done this in the past myself through church and I have also done through that daily deal… I am just wondering why it still says 14th annual when I donated through that daily deal in 2015 and it was 14th annual then too?

    • runonchad

      Greetings from ThatDailyDeal! THANK YOU for donating through your church and through us in the past. As for the dating, not sure why you saw 14th annual 4 years ago, it must have been a very brief typo. To be clear though, this was definitely our 14th year.

      Thank you to everyone that helped out this year and in the past.

      I personally have two friends that went over to help hand out boxes about 10 years ago and they were incredibly moved by the experience. They showed a few of us the video and it caused us to drastically increase our efforts in supporting this annual drive.

      Anyway, thanks again everyone!

  7. Jen

    I’ve volunteered at the warehouse to prep boxes for shipping – so much fun and great to see thousands upon thousands of boxes donated!

    • Matt

      I’ve volunteered in the warehouses also. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of something like this!

  8. J. Sweet.

    thanks for posting this!! We LOVE Samaritan’s Purse!!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome!

  9. Julia

    We gather Christmas gifts for a children’s orphanage in our hometown. So much fun for us to collect it and so much more fun for the children to open it on Christmas morning!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, Love that, Julia! Thanks for commenting! 💖

  10. Michelle

    Samaritan’s Purse is a fantastic organization! They are one of the front line charities whenever there is a world disaster – often the 1st to arrive with donations to survive until more help arrives. I would encourage the naysayers to do a little research about the global impact Samaritan’s Purse has made in 3rd world countries – it is extensive.

    • C Morgan

      I am a naysayer because I did more than a little research. I don’t support this organization or this program. I would encourage everybody to do their own research and decide for themselves is this program is one they really want to support.

      • rochellemcgee

        So what does your research say? All the people naysaying don’t actually provide any data points… I have no dog in this fight as I’ve never done it before, but I was considering it as I know many of the local churches in my community participate and I see no harm in gifting children a small Christmas present 🤷‍♀️

  11. M

    Thank you for posting this! This is our annual family tradition for each of my children to pack a gift and add a personalized note to someone else. My youngest still haven’t grasped the sharing concept so tend to have a fit over some things they want. It’s a great way to teach kids to share with those less advantaged.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re most welcome! Thanks for sharing your sweet tradition with us, M!

  12. Laura villotta

    I was in the Bahamas last week on a cruise. I was talking to a lady that had a small storefront about the hurricanes. We just started talking about life things and OCC came up in conversation. She said that many children have received boxes and they were life changing. I told her my church was a drop off station every year. It is so cool to hear about the receivers that are blessed. We pack a few every year and it is so amazing to give some child that has nothing a box that will change their lives. She also told me the Samaritans purse has come into to help after the hurricane. The island hospital in Naussa was obliterated and SP came into to help with a make shift hospital and they are still there. They had to fly most of the patients to another island. She said without SP they would have been lost. So I have heard first hand how SP has been a miracle to people that need hospital care. To the poster that said they are a scam I would erase your post. You have no idea.

  13. Hspaz

    I packed boxes last year. Anyone have any good suggestions for the toy to put in the box? I did stuffed animals last year but don’t really know if that’s the best option.

    • Corina

      Options are: coloring book and crayons/colored pencils, playing cards, puzzles, story books, bouncing/playing catch balls. I have packed pencils and small notebooks as well.

    • Brandi

      You can go to youtube and learn how to fold hand towels to look like stuffed animals, like they do on cruise ships. That’s what I like to do.

    • Renee

      I talked to a rep with OCC and asked her what is the most universal gift to put in a shoebox and she said whether it be a box for a girl or a box for a boy – the best wow item is always a soccer ball and a pump! We buy soccer balls from Walmart when they are $3-$4 each and cheap ball pumps from Amazon. Just deflate them and hey fit perfectly! Pinterest also has great ideas on things to pack in a box. This is such a sweet tradition that my kids and I do each year before thanksgiving!

  14. Katie

    For those of you who say this is a scam can you please point us in the direction of credible information? I am sure there would be many on here that would be interested.
    Otherwise my kids have loved packing them. My fourteen year old said that she wants money to buy items for boxes for her Christmas gift this year.

  15. Brit

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. If uncomfortable with this idea or organization, you can always donate in other ways or directly to a family. Some needed items would be socks (yes, pretty much every organization is low on this item for families!), feminine hygiene products (esp light flow items for younger ladies), floss/ mouthwash/kid friendly paste, grocery cards for fresh produce and meats ($10 stretches at Aldi ;), laundry detergent and + a laundrymat card, a bus pass for public transit or gas card to get to & from employment not to mention, all the fun/ toy things you can buy on sale via H2S posts ….etc and so on. There are so, so many ways to help in one way or another for children, teens, adults, seniors & animals. Thanks to those who wrote of their experiences with this charity, as I was not too familiar with it. May we all be thankful for what we have 🌷

  16. gray757

    My daughter’s orthodontist had a display of these boxes. We grabbed one and quickly filled it from my gift stash without even buying anything. We included a toothbrush, floss, bar soap, high bounce balls, crayons, a coloring book, little notebook, glow sticks, etc. We ended up picking up 3 more boxes to fill! It was nice and a good lesson for my 2 kids. We aren’t religious but I researched the organization and was satisfied our box would help a child. The “nay sayers” use the example of a third world child receiving a slinky and didn’t know how to use it. Silly! This is something I would like to do every year.

  17. Mary

    Franklin Graham and other tele-evangelicals take a hefty salary for this charity. Workers report many of the boxes are discarded. Charities overseas are required to pay to receive the boxes, which they say takes money away from their essential programs to buy boxes of limited value. The charity is designed to make Americans feel good, like they helped.

  18. Bayousmalls

    No liquids can be included in the box because of customs into many of the countries so we can no longer include toothpaste, glue, liquid detergent, shampoo, etc. If you are donating items to have packed into a box, there are lists of items and suggested toys/hygiene items at the website for Samaritan’s Purse. Also, no items of cammo or war-related items (play guns or toy soldiers) are allowed.

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