For those of you who are new to Let’s Do Some Good Today … welcome! I’m so glad you’ve found us here! Every Thursday, we issue a new service challenge. And one of our first challenges was one of my favorites: the Pack a Shoebox Challenge. This week’s challenge is a continuation of that one. If you haven’t read our initial post, you can do so here.

If you have been packing a shoebox for the last two months, great! But if not, there’s still time. Shoebox dropoff is November 17th to 24th, so if you’ve been picking up items to pack, time to pull it all together! And if you haven’t … let’s get started!

Packing a Shoebox

Remember, if you haven’t read it yet, check out the original challenge to learn about Operation Christmas Child and to find information on how to pack a shoebox. If you want some more ideas, I have also created an Operation Christmas Child Pinterest board, collecting ideas from people who are a lot more creative than I am. 🙂 Finally, here are a few ideas for putting together a last-minute shoebox:

  • Ask for help. Reach out to friends and tell them what you’re doing. I’ve had friends donate unopened Happy Meal stuffed animals, like-new small toys, leftover Halloween candy, sample-sized soap and toothpaste, reusable tote bags, and much more. People might have things at home they’re willing to donate – or they might be willing to help with your shipping costs. You’ll never know until you ask!
  • Host a shoebox party! (That’s what I’ll be doing!) I’ve been hitting up sales and clearance racks all year, and my closet is getting full. So next week, I’ll be having some friends over to help me sort, wrap, and pack my shoeboxes. I’m so excited! You can keep it simple – invite a few friends over for dessert and ask everyone to bring one item or a few dollars. Many people love the idea of doing something like this, and would love to help out if you give them the opportunity.
  • See what you already have at home. (Remember, all donated items need to be either new or like-new.) Do you have any Beanie Babies that have never been played with? A drawer full of extra pens? A promotional water bottle or shirt that you have never used? A small notebook you’ve never written in? Some Hot Wheels that look brand new? Leftover Halloween candy? Start with what you have – you might not need to buy much at all!
My husband is excited to get the closet emptied out. For now. :)
My husband is excited to get the closet emptied out. For now. 🙂

And because I love Operation Christmas Child so, SO much … I am doing another giveaway! When I pay for my shipping, I’ll make a donation to cover your box, as well. I’ll e-mail you the label to print off and tape to the top of your shoebox. That label will have a unique barcode on it, which means we get to find out where your box goes. Awesome, isn’t it?

Here are the details: (Each action is worth one entry to the giveaway, but remember to come back to this blog post and leave one separate comment per activity)

  • RSVP for the shoebox challenge by commenting below
  • Ask a question either on this page or on my Facebook page – I’ll do my best to answer!
  • Share this post on your Facebook page and/or Instagram account (including a link to this blog post), or Pin it!
  • Comment on my Facebook page telling me you’ve accepted the challenge (and let us know what you’ve done so far, if you’ve started)
  • Post a picture on my Facebook page of your shoebox
  • Write a note or post a picture on your own Facebook page sharing what you’ve done so far, and include a link to this post

So you can earn up to six entries in this giveaway – but be sure to leave a separate comment for each action! This giveaway will end Tuesday, November 18th at noon (Central time) and I will announce the winner that afternoon. Thanks for joining this week’s challenge! I hope this brings you as much joy as it brings me. Because … y’all.



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