Joy in a Shoebox


BALDWIN PARK, CA– This month, National Honor Society will be participating in a service project called Operation Christmas Child, a project in which students get a chance to fill shoeboxes with toys and gifts and send boxes to disadvantaged children around the world this Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is a project of the organization Samaritan’s Purse.

“Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world,” says Samaritan’s Purse’s mission statement on its About Us page.

An example of possible gift ideas for your shoebox.
Photo Courtesy of Sharon Tran
An example of possible gift ideas for your shoebox.

“The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ,” continues Samaritan’s Purse’s description of the project.

Regardless of religious affiliation, volunteers around the world have sent shoeboxes filled with toys, clothing, and school supplies to children around the world to bring joy during the holiday season. With an easy build-and-send process, Operation Christmas Child is a project anyone can do.
If you are interested, National Honor Society will be willing to take in boxes from anyone as long as the boxes follow the Samaritan’s Purse guidelines:

  1. Find a shoebox (or a plastic container approximately the same size with a removable lid). If you plan to wrap the box, make sure it is wrapped so that the lid can be removed.
  2. Decide whether your box will be for a girl or a boy. Then, choose the age category of your recipient: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
  3. Find a new “wow” toy that would be the main attraction of your shoebox. Then, fill with other new items such as school supplies, crafts, and accessories. You can even leave a personal note with an address so your recipient can send you a thank-you note after getting the gift. Most importantly, make sure to fill the box!
  4. Once the box is ready to go, drop the box off at room 603 by November 19.

“Once more this November, we get the chance to go beyond our borders and give back to children in need around the world,” said Michelle Vu, the President of National Honor Society.
If you are looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit, here is your chance. Grab a few of your friends, dig into your closets for some shoeboxes, and find a day to start filling up them up. While your little contribution of gifts may not seem like a lot to you, it could mean everything to a child who opens your gift box on Christmas Day.


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