I love to make little bandana skirts for the girls. Super simple to make and a new article of clothing for them. You just take two bandanas (dollar store ones are fine), one for the front and one for the back, sew them together at the sides, make a casing for elastic, insert the elastic and you are done! No hemming or finishing of the seams is required since you are working with bandanas that are finished on all edges. These are fairly thin skirts but perfect for the warm weather where the recipients live.
This year I included some fun band aids in each box - cannot go wrong with that! I was also able to find a really cute pair of flip flops for $1. In the future, I will be shopping year round and watching out for sales so I can include shoes in each box. I have already picked up extra school supplies for next year from a bargain store that was going out of business.
We also put in a little bit of hard candy for the kids. I bought individually wrapped Jolly Ranchers and some candy necklaces and put some in each box, in a plastic bag, of course.
I do not include any Barbie-like dolls. I find them to be expensive and I don't buy them for my own girls to play with. I think there are better dolls out there or better alternatives like Strawberry Shortcake or My Little Pony. That is just a personal opinion. I do think every little boy should have a stuffed animal and every little girl needs a teddy or some sort of doll. I will be making a couple of rag dolls this week so that my 5-9 year old girl's boxes each have a doll.
We have just about finished shopping and packing the boxes though a couple things remain like pencil sharpeners. These I refuse to buy at the dollar store since I always find they either don't work or break easily. I need to make a trip to an office supply store and buy a multi-pack - those seem to last longer.
Later on this week, once I have everything we need, I will be sure to show you some of the boxes and talk a bit about the letters we write and how we pray for the kids getting these boxes.
Are you participating in Operation Christmas Child this year? What special sorts of gifts are you sure to include in the boxes to make it special? I invite you to join in - you have one week left to do some shopping so if you haven't started, better get a move on!