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. This year is no exception; however, we want to make this year extra special and something we think about and participate in all year long. Each month, January through October, we will be collecting specific groups of items. Listed below are the items we will be collecting. Pay special attention to items not allowed per Samaritan's Purse guidelines. 


Check out the months below to know what you can bring.

monthly 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?

  • january & february

    PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS


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

  • march

    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.

  • april & may

    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.

  • june

    COLORING STUFF


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

  • july & august

    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.

  • september

    WOW ITEMS


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

  • october

    CATCH-UP MONTH

    CATCH-UP MONTH

    CATCH-UP MONTH


    catch-up items will be posted in September.  Keep a look-out for these items!

november packing party

In November, we will host a Shoe Box Packing Party!!  It's going to be tons of fun!  For a $9 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?