For a few years now, I've been wanting to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. The problem was, I would think about it every year around Christmastime, after it was already too late to fill a box for that year. This year (thanks to reminders from some of the blogs I read) I actually remembered ahead of time to stock up on some little things to fill a box. I was also able to make a few things to tuck inside--inspired by Monica's "Operation Homemade Shoebox" over at The Homespun Heart.
I was excited to fill a box for the very first time, and I even remembered to drop it off during the right week! Here you can see most of the things the shoebox was filled with. I was really amazed and pleased to discover just how much would fit in there!! I put in toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, etc.), school supplies (notebook, crayons, ruler, pencil, scissors, fun pad), toys (handmade doll, paper dolls printed from the internet), and clothes (pillowcase dress, matching ponytail holder).
Here is a closer shot of the pillowcase dress. The pillowcase cost me .25 at the thrift store. :) Isn't it cute? I used some leftover fabric to make a flower for the ponytail holder. I followed this great tutorial for making the dress.
Here is a close-up of the doll. I found the link to these on The Homespun Heart. You can download the PDF here. I loved how this could be made out of scraps that I had on hand. This was so much fun to make, and it is neat to think that it will likely be given to a little girl who has never had a doll before!
I also enclosed a note and a photo of our family. I am so glad I finally went ahead and took part in OCC this year. The shoebox didn't cost much to fill up, since I was able to do some handmade things and used freebies from Rite Aid as well. Now I'm hoping to make at least 2 boxes next year--I'd like to fill them for both a boy and a girl!
Have you ever taken part in OCC or something similar? It is really neat to have the opportunity to bless others who have so little, when we have been given so much.