Operation Christmas Child Packing Party 2012

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Operation Christmas Child is very near and dear to my heart and to some readers too. Every year we have a BIG packing party that involves my family, friends, local church groups and YOU and this year is no different.  This is our Operation Christmas Child 2012 Packing Party.

This year the Mummy Deals Shoebox Goal is 1000 boxes.

That’s 1000 children with nothing.

1000 hearts we can touch and parents we can help.

1000 people we can share the true meaning of Christmas with: Jesus Christ.

1000 people in very poor living conditions.

People like Sebastian and his Mum who I met this year in Ecuador. Please take 90 seconds and watch Operation Christmas Child Operation Christmas Child video that talks about why I do what I do. Then, I’d like to present this year’s needs.

Packing Party Details.

Our packing party is Tuesday November 13 2012 at the South Shore Visitor’s Center in Hammond, Indiana and we need all the goodies by then.  Please RSVP to the party here.  It’s from 6-8pm and we’d love you all to come out, bring your family or your cub scouts or your brownie troops and help us pack 1000 boxes.  it’s a great way to teach your kids about giving especially in this age of materialism and I find they love it and get super involved.  Plus, the South Shore CVA will have their annual Christmas Story exhibit up and running for you to enjoy.

Would you consider partnering with me for people like Sebastian?

For ideas see Craft Ideas for Operation Christmas Child and How to Pack a Shoebox on A Budget. Need free items this week: There’s free toothpaste at CVS and stuff at Walgreens.

Thank you!

Printable List of Current OCC Needs.

Mummy Deals Shoebox Goal


  • NEEDS: $7 for each box = $7000
  • Toothpaste 1000 - 900 fulfilled
  • Toothbrushes 1000 - 900 fulfilled
  • 1000 letters. 0 fulfilled.
  • Beanies or soft animals 1000 - fulfilled
  • Candy 1000 - fulfilled
  • Notepads or paper 1000 - fulfilled
  • Toys - Lots needed
  • Crayons - fulfilled
  • Pencils - fulfilled
  • Soaps - fulfilled
  • Pens - 1000 - fulfilled
  • Erasers 1000 - fulfilled


    Easy Ways to Help:
  1. Have your child write a letter/letters to a child in another country. You can use this:
  2. 500 copies of this: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/pdf/one_sheet.pdf
  3. 1000 coloring pages: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Graphic_Resources/
  4. Hit up your dollar store for toys.
  5. Gather soaps.
  6. Call your dentist and ask for dental supply donations.
  7. Donate pens.
  8. Empty out your small change jar.
  9. Buy 25 cent bouncy balls from Old Navy to donate.
  10. Buy some small toys from Kolas Christian Bookstore in Highland, IN.
  11. Ask friends and family to join us.


  1. I won’t be able to join the packing party but I have some items I’d like to donate (mostly small toys). Are there any places where we can drop off donations?

  2. Cindy Van Ort says:

    I didn’t see an answer to Stephanie- I have shoeboxes and some stuff (not enough to fill all the shoeboxes), and I can’t make the packing party. Can I drop this off somewhere during the weekend?

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