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Back to School $10 Challenge for Operation Christmas Child

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Maybe you’ve noticed that the stores around are packed with “Back to School” supplies. Sales are on and there are so many fun things available to fill our carts with.


This year when you check out the stores and sales, join the $10 Back to School Challenge with the Samaritan’s Purse Bloggers. While you are out picking up supplies for your family, think ahead and shop for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. If you time it just right, you can snag some great deals and fill those boxes to overflowing!

Interested in joining in with the $10 Back to School Challenge during the month of August? Here are the specifics:

  • Commit to putting $10 toward an Operation Christmas Child shoebox
  • See how far you can s-t-r-e-t-c-h that $10!
  • Shop, save, and store your shoebox items
  • Take pictures of your goodies and link up with the Samaritan’s Purse Bloggers on August 28th and share with others all the fun stuff you found!

You can check back here on Wednesday, August 28th and link up with all of us. Our family will be headed out shopping too and we’ll share our finds! If you’d like some shoebox ideas other than school supplies, two of my online friends have put together a list of 100 Shoebox Ideas for Girls and Boys. Click on the images below to visit their posts and find ideas for items to include in your boxes.


100 Shoebox Ideas for Girls


100 Shoebox Ideas for Boys

Don’t forget some of the following areas: personal hygiene, school supplies, fun toys, building or work tools, yummy treats, clothing, and other special items to treasure. The kids will love anything you include in the boxes. Every little gift matters!

Here are a few helpful links about Operation Christmas Child:

OCC-blogger-button Disclosure: I am a member of the iHomeschool Network’s Samaritan’s Purse Blogger Team and voluntarily writing about this ministry. All posts are my own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Samaritan’s Purse. I am not an employee, agent, or contractor of Samaritan’s Purse.


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  1. I love this idea but I refuse to have anything to do with Samaritan’s Purse. Do you know of any charities that do similar work without the religious component please?


    • I’m sorry that you don’t agree with the work of Samaritan’s Purse.Other than local back to school programs that may be in your community, I’m not sure where else to direct you.

  2. What fun!! We didn’t really need anything this year for back to school. So this is the prefect opportunity for me to visit my favorite section of any store (school supplies) and spend money for a wonderful organization and get a jump start on our shoe boxes!! I think we will go work on this tomorrow after school! :-)

  3. lambofHisflock says

    Love this idea! Shared it on my blog klamathocc.blogspot.com

    I am a homeschool mom myself and our family is passionate about OCC. :)

  4. Kristen Hall says

    Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing…We love to hit the back to school sales and the Target bins for our OCC boxes. Will share you blog on my FB page :-)

  5. I don’t have a blog. How can I participate?
    Go homeschooling and OCC! :D

  6. How can I participate; I don’t have a blog.

  7. Tonight, my 10 yr. old daughter and I found a package of 6 pairs of girls’ socks on clearance at Target for less than $2! Six packs of washcloths were on sale, too-at half off! We can easily fill a box for less than $10. It’s so much fun to look for bargains and know we are making a difference other little girls’ lives. We just went to an OCC kick off party and are excited for this season.

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