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We are honored to be partnering with Operation Christmas Child this year to impact the lives of children around the world for Christ. Every year, OCC collects shoebox gifts— filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. This year we will be providing three different ways members of The Ridge can donate boxes to OCC.


What we are doing:

1 ) Drop items at the church + Packing Party (11/12, @9 AM)

This year, we will be putting boxes in the lobby, starting October 2nd, to collect items for the 5 categories of items listed below. We encourage you to drop off items over the following weeks, and then join us on Nov 12th for our Packing Party where we will assemble and pray over boxes before sending them out.

2 ) Take boxes to pack at home (starting 10/9, due 11/12)

Starting Oct 9th, The Ridge will have shoeboxes available in the lobby for members to take home and pack themselves. Please make sure to return the boxes by Sunday, Nov 13th. Also the church will cover the $10 shipping fee for any assembled boxes dropped at the church.

3 ) Build a Shoebox Online (open from 10/2-11/12)

If you can’t join us in person this year, or if life is a bit too hectic right now, you can still contribute through our online portal. Through the link to our goal page, you will be able to select which items will be put into your box, so you can still have a personal touch on the gifts being sent out. Also, the $10 shipping fee will be included in the $25 flat rate, which is a great deal.


What NOT to bring:

Do not include candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war‑related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.


What to bring:

While the boxes are usually age specific, each box should contain items from one of these 5 categories. For more details on gifts for specific ages see here. You can also find a curated list of gifts put together by OCC on Amazon. 

“WOW” Items 

Every shoebox should always start with a good quality “wow” item. These will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. For our purposes, “wow” items will determine how many boxes we can pack, so having these is super helpful. Below are some general examples: 

Doll, soccer ball (with manual air pump), stuffed animal, clothing (like a jacket or other nice item), small musical instrument, backpack

Debbie Bird also found some great resources for specific “WOW” items that can be purchased online:

  • Soccer ball w/ pump 6 pack (we recommend getting size 4 balls as they will allow plenty of room of other items in the box)
  • ‘The Shoe That Grows’ (these sandals expand up to 5 sizes and last for years. Be sure to use this link, as shoes ordered for OCC purposes are slightly discounted)
  • Recorder pack (these can be disassembled so they fit into boxes)
Personal Care Items

Comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, washcloth, adhesive bandages (colorful ones help a child be more willing to put one on), reusable plastic container (water bottle, cup, plate, bowl, blunt utensils), blanket, non-liquid lip-balm, flashlight (solar powered or hand crank is best), compact mirror, nail clippers, nail file, stick deodorant, washable/reusable menstrual pads

Clothing & Accessories

Shirts, pants, loose fitting sundress, underwear, shoes, socks, flip flops, hat, scarf, mittens, sunglasses, tote bag, purse, hair bows, friendship bracelets, wrist watch, beaded jewelry, hair accessories, bandana

Crafts & School Supplies

Pencils, small manual pencil sharpener, colored pencils, pencil case, crayons, markers, pens, coloring pads, coloring books, picture books, notebooks, glue stick (no liquid glues), blank index cards, solar-powered calculator, safety scissors, ruler, protractor, small adhesive tape, watercolor set, DIY craft sets/kits, play dough (consider including plastic cookie cutters or other items to play with), stickers, skipping/jump rope, building blocks, chalk, binoculars, puzzle, compass, tool set and work gloves, fishing kit, brightly colored rope/twine, gardening kit (no seeds), magnets, kaleidoscope, playing cards, marbles, sewing kit, fabric, ribbons, laminated decorative pictures with looped ribbon attached as a picture hanger


Foam ball, kickball (be sure to include air pump), finger puppets, slinky, tiny etch a sketch, interactive toys that include push buttons/lights/noise (include extra batteries), tennis ball, play cars/trucks/boats, plastic dinosaurs, costume to play dress up, costume jewelry, plastic toy figures, yo-yo, small frisbee, small kite, baseball and mitt, hacky sack, toy cars, kaleidescope, marbles


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