Pack a Box for Operation Christmas Child with a Veggie Tales Party

Operation Christmas Child LogoHave you heard?? This week is National Collection Week for shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child!!! Now through November 25th, stop by a Drop-Off Location with your shoeboxes.

Each gift provides much more than fleeting moments of joy. With each gift, Operation Christmas Child shares the good news that Jesus loves every child.

Haven’t packed a shoebox yet?? Why not host a packing play date for your children and their friends and family?

We had the amazing opportunity of hosting an Operation Christmas Child packing party in our home. We invited some great friends who brought their shoeboxes and gifts with them. We snacked on some Veggie Tales themed treats {some vegetables were harmed in the making of this play date} while we watched the newest Veggie Tales movie, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, featuring the voice of Duck Commander’s own Si Robertson.

Operation Christmas Child party

The children loved watching the movie, and got to hear all about the true meaning of Christmas. After the movie we were able to teach the true meaning of Christmas by packing our boxes, remembering all of the children who would be opening the gifts we were sending.


Unfortunately a few of our guests had to leave {one got sick}, before they could pack their boxes, but here are the ones we were able to complete.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Of course no Christmas celebration is complete without singing {an early} Happy Birthday to Jesus and enjoying Christmas Tree cakes.

Are you packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child this year? Will you make it a big play date and invite your friends or have a quieter packing session with your immediate family?


There’s still plenty of time to pack your boxes and it’s only 5 easy steps!

1. Find a shoebox. {Make sure it’s not filled with vegetables or stinky shoes!} Feel free to decorate your box or leave it as is.

2. Make a choice. If you want you can design your box and it’s contents for a boy or a girl and also choose from a range of ages. {We always pack the boxes for 2 girls the same ages as our girls.}

3. Fill ‘er up! Fill your box with gifts and goodies {no veggies please}. Check out Samaritan’s Purse’s gift suggestions HERE. {This is our favorite part, I let the girls fill their own boxes up and remind them as they pack how thankful the child who is getting the box will be when they open it. I also remind them that God calls us to help others, and we’re doing what He’s asking us to do.}

4. Get ready to ship. Unfortunately the post office will not deliver these awesome gifts without money, I asked {just kidding!}. But it’s only $7 to make sure each shoebox gets to the little boy or girl it’s meant to be with. You can include $7 when you turn your box in to a Drop-Off Location, or…the method I like better is to pay the shipping fee online, print off your special label with barcode and track your boxes all the way to their final destination!!

5. Drop off. Using the great online resources that Operation Christmas Child has provided, find your local Drop-Off Location. Unfortunately, there are some areas that do not have Drop-Off locations {I know, I know}, however if you are interested in participating you can also build a shoebox online.


Thanks to Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child for sending us the movie and goodies for our guests and giving us the opportunity to give to those in need.