nov 10 - shoebox collection

We love to participate in the collection of shoeboxes filled with all sorts of goodies for the Operation Christmas Child ministry. This is something that we have been involved since the inception as the Catalyst Family. Over the years, we have collected hundreds of boxes and delivered them to the collection sites in the area. 


Pay special attention to items not allowed per Samaritan's Purse guidelines. 

collection items


  • DO NOT INCLUDE

    candy; tooth paste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.


    FAQ: Can This Go In My Shoebox?

  • personal Hygiene items

    toothbrushes, dental floss, nail clippers, washcloths, soap, deodorant, wet wipes, Kleenex, first aid kits, q-tips, cotton balls, bath scrunchies, etc.

  • personal items

    hair brush, comb, barrettes, compact mirror, handkerchief, bobby pins, chap stick, lip gloss, caps, visors, socks, flip flops, sandals, ponytail holders, scarves, mittens, sunglasses, etc.

  • small toys

    matchbox car, whistle, jump rope, slinky, jacks, marble, playing cards, play dough, brightly colored squirt guns, small balls (baseball, bouncy balls), plastic animals, small Lego kits, tops, puzzles, yo-yos, etc.

  • coloring stuff

    color pencils, colors, coloring books, small notebooks, water color paints, sharpeners, paint brushes, chalk, etc.

  • school supplies

    lead pencils, notebooks, markers, calculators, pencil sharpeners, post-it notes, rulers, pens, highlighters, binder clips, erasers, pencil bags, letters & shape stencils, colored tape, etc.

  • wow items

    watch, books, stuffed animals, dolls, balls & pump, jewelry, flashlight, t-shirts, tools, etc.

november packing party

In November, we will host a Shoe Box Packing Party!!  It's going to be tons of fun!  For a $10 donation (cost of shipping handling a shoebox), we are inviting everyone to come to our "Build-A-Box" store and buy items for your child's shoebox.  We know this is going to be a great day of serving and WHO DOESN'T LOVE A PARTY?