Welcome to the Shoe Boxes for Boys series. This year I am focusing on packing boxes for boys after reading a comment on this post about the need for more boxes for boys (especially 10-14 year olds). If you are packing shoe boxes this year, I hope you will find some new ideas and also share your ideas!
When I first started packing Operation Christmas Child boxes two years ago, I packed lots of school supplies, toys and candy.
And then I read Ted's story; stories of children in orphanages sharing towels, washcloths, and toothbrushes with many other children. There are many more children around the world who don't have them at all. So last year I determined to make sure that all the boxes that I packed would include practical things that many of us take for granted every day.
Suggested Hygiene & Grooming Items
Travel size hand wipes
Travel size tissues
Many of these items can be purchased inexpensively or for free! Here are a few tips when buying these items:
1. Remember--no liquids.
2. Sign up for toothpaste samples! They are perfect for shoe boxes.
3. Look for Colgate coupons in the newspaper. I can often get the 4 oz. Colgate toothpaste at Walmart ($.94) for free with a $1 coupon (some regions will have the $.75 coupon). Colgate toothbrushes are under $.50 with the $1 off 2 coupon.
4. For the last few summers there has been a kids toothpaste coupon in the newspaper, sometimes right around back-to-school time. I use the coupon to get Kids Crest toothpaste for free at Walmart. Reach floss can also be purchased for free at Walmart with the Reach coupon that is available once or twice a year.
5. I have found large packs of combs from the Dollar Tree. You might find these at your local dollar store as well.
6. The single packs of Olay soap can also be purchased for free with the $1 Olay soap coupon that is sometimes in the monthly P&G coupon insert in the Sunday paper.
Note: The information shared in this series will follow the OCC-US regulations. When packing shoe boxes from other countries, please refer to the rules and regulations from that country as they vary greatly from country to country. Thank you!
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