All year long, we have been creating custom mugs with the Cricut Mug Press to share with family and friends. This year as we prepare for the holiday season, I am teaming up with my Mom and Aunt to create personalized mugs to share with children in the community and around the world. This week the focus is the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Outreach. If you love crafting with a purpose, then this idea may be just what you need.
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Gift Ideas for Operation Christmas Child
Barbara, Ritchie, Natalie, and I teamed up to fill a dozen shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Outreach. (Deadline for national drop-offs is right around the corner so today’s the day to get started. Looking for ideas to fill your shoebox? Click here for a comprehensive guide to getting started.)
**If you miss the deadline for Operation Christmas Child, then you can still use this idea for your Angel Trees or local children’s home.
We decided that each of the boxes should include a stainless steel tumbler cup with a lid so the kids could have a daily reminder that someone in Kentucky cares about them. Barbara ordered the mugs, Ritchie did some in-store shopping and I started making mugs!
One of the key messages that kids all around the world need to hear is that they are loved. So when we made these mugs for the kids, we went with the simple timeless truth that “Jesus Loves Me“.
Fun ideas to include in your shoebox
- Stuffed animals
- Small toys
- Games, puzzles
- Plastic bowls, forks, spoons
- Craft supplies
- Glue Sticks, crayons, scissors
- Soap, toothbrushes, floss picks
- Socks, hats
- More ideas for what to pack in your shoebox
Kids all around the world need to laugh so a child-friendly, squeaky clean joke book is a perfect addition to any shoe box. There is nothing better in life than making kids laugh and feel happy so the “Squeaky Clean” Super Clean Jokes book is perfect. Packed with wholesome, edifying, LOL funny jokes to encourage reading and entertain children for hours, don’t forget to add a joke book to your gift!
Packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child is a tradition for many families and churches. This is such a fun way to share the joy of the holiday season with children all around the world. Have you packed shoeboxes this season? If not, you’ve still got time!
Share Warmth & Hugs with Kids
Looking for other ways to share the joy of the holiday season with kids during the cold winter months? Fill gift bags with stuffed animals and scarves to bring a smile to the face of children while helping them stay warm at the same time!