#IPackedAShoeBox
Posted on November 4th, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

I’m at the finishing touches now for my boxes. I wish I could afford to send more. I may only be sending 4 boxes, but for these, quality is more important than quantity for me.

If you are looking for an idea what to pack in a box, here’s what I packed:

5-9 Year Old Boy:

Tools:
Cup
Flashlight with extra batteries
Hammer
Pliers
Reusable Bag
Reusable Utensils
Rope Clip
Screwdriver
Sewing Kit with extra safety pins
Tape Measure

Toiletries:
Bar of Soap
Lip Balm
Magic Towel
Manicure Kit
Tissues

Learning:
Crayons
Pad of paper
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils
Rulers
Stickers

Clothing:
Gloves
Socks
Sunglasses

Toys:
Baseball
Beanie Baby
Hackey Sacks
Hot Wheels
Rubber Duckie
Rubik’s Cube

Spiritual:
Hand Painted John 3:16 Rock
I Am Loved pin
Personalized Letter
Photo of me
Post Cards from me
Prayer Book

5-9 Year Old Girl:

Tools:
Cup
Flashlight with extra batteries
Reusable Bag
Reusable Utensils
Sewing Kit with extra safety pins

Toiletries:
Bar of Soap
Hairbrush & Comb
Hairbands
Hair Scrunchie
Lip Balm
Magic Towel
Manicure Kit
Tissues

Learning:
Crayons
Pad of paper
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils
Pens
Puffy Pink Pen
Rulers

Clothing:
Gloves
Jewelry
Socks
Sunglasses

Toys:
Beanie Baby
Coin Purse
Dolls (2)
Lei
Rubber Duckie

Spiritual:
Hand Painted John 3:16 Rock
I Am Loved pin
Personalized Letter
Photo of me
Post Cards from me
Prayer Book

10-14 Year Old Boy:

Tools:
Cup
Flashlight with extra batteries
Hammer
Pliers
Reusable Bag
Reusable Utensils
Rope Clip
Screwdriver
Sewing Kit with extra safety pins
Tape Measure
Work Gloves

Toiletries
Bar of Soap
Combs
Lip Balm
Magic Towel
Manicure Kit
Tissues

Learning:
Crayons
Pad of paper
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils
Rulers
Stickers

Clothing:
Gloves
Socks
Sunglasses

Toys:
Beanie Baby
Hackey Sacks
Hot Wheels
Rubber Duckie
Rubik’s Cube

Spiritual:
Hand Painted John 3:16 Rock
I Am Loved pin
Personalized Letter
Photo of me
Post Cards from me
Prayer Book

10-14 Year Old Girl:

Tools:
Cup
Flashlight with extra batteries
Reusable Bag
Reusable Utensils
Sewing Kit with extra safety pins
Work Gloves

Toiletries:
Bar of Soap
Hairbrush
Hair Bands
Hair Scrunchie
Lip Balm
Magic Towel
Manicure Kit
Reusable Pad
Tissues

Learning:
Crayons
Notebook
Pad of paper
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils
Pens
Puffy Pink Pen
Rulers

Clothing:
Gloves
Jewelry
Socks
Sunglasses
Slipper Socks

Toys:
Beanie Baby
Coin Purse
Lei
Rubber Duckie

Spiritual:
Hand Painted John 3:16 Rock
I Am Loved pin
Personalized Letter
Photo of me
Post Cards from me
Prayer Book

More ideas can be found at Simply Shoeboxes. I recommend shopping throughout the year. For the boys, Harbor Freight was a great place to buy tools. Dollar Tree is good for some small stuff and bulk goods. If you can buy stuff in bulk, I recommend it.

I know there are people out there that are critical and venomous towards Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child. They are allowed to express their thoughts on that. As for me, I am not going to be that critical. Any help is better than no help. Sometimes, it’s not the help itself that makes the difference, it’s the thought behind it. It’s the thought that someone took their time to think of me.

My mother stressed to me growing up at we had things a lot better than children in other parts in the world. Now, we had our lean days as well. We weren’t rich. Nicki and I had to share our My Little Ponies. We shared a lot of toys. Matthew and Beth got a lot of hand me downs, too. Matthew got my Hot Wheels collection and Beth everything else. As we all got older, things got better for our family, financially, so Matthew and Beth got things we didn’t get.

However, when we could afford it, my mother stressed sharing with others. If she knew a need had to be met for someone and she could fulfill that need, she did it. She just was a loving and helpful person. When we lived on Ft. Bragg, every year she tried to provide one kid on the Angel Tree.

So, in a way, I do this because I want my mother’s generosity to live on. I want some kid out there to know someone took the time to make their day a bit brighter.

Also, several years after my mother died, I was told about a nice woman that helped my mother in a time of need. I never met this woman. She’s long dead by now. But, after I heard that story, it made me sad to know my mother had to receive charity for us. And in a way, I want to honor that woman’s generosity. Pay it forward.

Maybe it comes out of the fact I suffer from depression. I don’t want others to be depressed. I want them to be happy. The simplest things can bring joy. If a little girl somewhere can get excited about a lei or a boy about a baseball, then it’s all worth it to me.


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