Average 200+ Volunteers Per Year, 1,000+ TBC Shoe Boxes Per Year, 26,000+ Shoe Boxes Through the Raleigh Regional Collection Center

Operation Christmas Child

The objective of this mission effort, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, Inc., is to collect and deliver shoe boxes filled with toys, educational supplies, and a Gospel pamphlet written in their language to children in war-torn or poverty stricken countries around the Christmas season.

TBC Shoe Box Drive – A Lead Team plans and leads promotional efforts to encourage Trinity families to touch children’s lives with the love of Christ by packing shoe boxes and bringing them to worship for dedication. Many families in the church have made this a traditional part of their Christmas giving.

Operation Christmas Child

Raleigh Regional Collection Center – Another Lead Team plans and conducts a week-long effort to collect shoe boxes from churches, schools, organizations, and individuals from the Raleigh, Cary, Oxford, Henderson, and Wendell areas.  These are collected under tents set up beside TBC. Careful attention is paid to counting as shoe boxes are packed into cartons and loaded onto tractor trailers for shipping to a processing center in Charlotte. From there, they are distributed around the world.

 

How to Pack Your Shoe Box

Pick up a box from the church or wrap a regular shoebox in Christmas paper (wrap lid separately). Choose the gender and age of the child that you will be packing for. Then choose age and gender appropriate items. *Be sure to note what NOT to pack below:

Packing Item Suggestions:

GIRL 2-4

  • Doll or Stuffed animal
  • Toy sunglasses
  • Plastic shovel or beach toy
  • Ball (beach ball or small rubber ball)
  • Ball cap or hat
  • Scarf and/or gloves
  • crayons
  • coloring book
  • Pencils (NO SHARPENER)
  • baby blanket
  • T shirt (size 2-4)
  • flip flops
  • small purse
  •  puzzle
  • jump rope
  • Mild soap w/Washcloth
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Play dough

 

GIRL 5-9

  • Doll or stuffed animal
  • Sunglasses
  • Jack Rocks
  • soccer ball deflated with manual pump
  • Jewelry
  • Purse
  • jump rope
  • puzzle
  • T Shirt (size 5-9)
  • flip flops
  • Ball cap or hat
  • Scarf  and/or gloves
  • crayons or color pencils
  • coloring book
  • Beach ball
  • Pencils with Sharpener
  • Pencil box
  • Toothbrush
  • Mild soap w/washcloth
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Play dough

 

GIRL 10-14

  • Soccer ball with manual pump
  • Sunglasses
  • Jack Rocks
  • Scarf and/or gloves
  • Ball cap
  • Older type doll or Beanie baby size stuffed animal
  • Jump rope
  • jewelry
  • flip flops
  • T Shirt (size 10-14)
  • crayons or color pencils
  • coloring book
  • pencils with sharpener
  • Pencil box/bag
  • Calculator
  • Diary/Note pad
  • Toothbrush
  • Purse
  • Sewing kit
  • Mild Soap w/Washcloth
  • Solid Deodorant (NON LIQUID)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries

 

**NOTE that Mardi Gras bead necklaces are 8/1.00 at Dollar tree and work for all ages!**

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BOY 2-4

  • Stuffed animal
  • Gloves/scarf
  • Plastic shovel or beach toy
  • Flute or noisemaker (age appropriate)
  • Soccer ball w/manual pump
  • coloring book
  • Crayons
  • Ball (rubber ball or beach ball)
  • Trucks/Cars
  • Flip flops
  • T shirt (size 2-4)
  • Pencils (NO sharpener)
  • Pencil box
  • Puzzle
  • Toys
  • Toy sunglasses
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Play dough

 

BOY 5-9

  • Stuffed Animal
  • Gloves and/or scarf
  • Soccer ball w/manual pump
  • Yo-Yo
  • Coloring book
  • Crayons or color pencils
  • Pencils w/sharpener
  • pencil box
  • Note pad
  • Rubber ball or beach ball
  • Ball glove w/rubber baseball
  • T shirts (size 5-9)
  • Marbles
  • Hot wheels or toy cars/trucks
  • Flute or noisemaker or Harmonica
  • Socks
  • Flip Flops
  • Ball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush
  • Mild Soap w/washcloth
  • Tape measure
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Play dough

 

BOY 10-14

  • Soccer ball w/manual pump
  • Yo-Yo
  • T shirts
  • Flip Flops
  • Harmonica
  • Marbles
  • Coloring book
  • Crayons or color pencils
  • Pencils w/sharpener
  • Ball glove with baseball
  • Ball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Calculator
  • Note pad
  • Pencils w/sharpener
  • Pencil box
  • Hot Wheels
  • Mild soap w/washcloth
  • Deodorant
  • Tools (tape rule, screwdriver, etc)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries

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These are just a few of the items that we include in our boxes but, HAVE FUN and think about what your own children/grandchildren would like! Soccer balls are emphasized as a favorite toy but they may cost more than you were planning to spend.

 

** PLACE  the boy/girl label on the lid and a rubber band around each finished box and take back to church during collection week.

Do NOT seal it closed! It will be opened and inspected at the Distribution Center prior to shipment.

 

**REMEMBER NOT to include:

  • NO Liquids
  • NO CANDY
  • NO TOOTHPASTE
  • NO glass or breakables
  • NO guns or war items
  • NO food or vitamins
  • NO scary items like spiders or snakes
  • NO used items!