Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Coloring Page [Free Download] –
This week is National Collection Week for those of you who also put together Christmas Shoeboxes. Each year we pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child with our church youth group. Last year we shared some details about what we pack in those shoeboxes in Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party. You can check out that post if you want to know more about the awesome international ministry of Operation Christmas Child which is a program of Samaritan’s Purse.
In the past, we’ve had the kids make generic notes or pictures to place in their shoeboxes, but this year we had several younger kids, so I thought it would be easier to use a coloring page. I created an Operation Christmas Child coloring page which you can download for free if you continue to the bottom of the page.
Operation Christmas Child Washcloth Animals
Another item we like to place in all the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is a washcloth animal (or a few), since washcloths are such a needed item. Last year we made you a video to demonstrate how to fold these Washcloth Teddy Bears.
This year we put our spectacular towel origami skills to use in making washcloth dogs and bunnies. You can find instructions for those by visiting my Operation Christmas Child Pinterest board. Please feel free to follow my Pinterest account while you’re over there.
The washcloth puppies and bunnies turned out really cute, and they were a little bit easier for the kids than the teddy bears.
Operation Christmas Child Coloring Page
When the kids from our youth group pack their shoeboxes, we like to have them put something personalized in with the practical items. Handwritten notes, drawings, and colored pages may seem trivial when there is so much need among the children who receive the boxes, but these personalized items are actually very cherished by many Christmas shoebox recipients.
A number of parents in the United States who have adopted children internationally have mentioned their children came to them with very few possessions, but those who had received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox often still had the notes from the shoebox because they were so special.
We also believe creating something personalized helps our youth connect to the shoebox ministry to a greater degree. I created this coloring page to give the shoebox recipients just a little bit of information about the child packing the shoebox. We listed the child’s first name, the state and country, and then gave our church address (which we thought was safer than listing home addresses) at the bottom of the page, just in case the recipient ever has the ability to send a letter. We also glued a photo of the child and colored in our state on the United States map.
Our kids had crayons, markers, stamp pads, and stamps to decorate the pages with a little more personality. You could use stickers, paints, or anything else artsy depending on the ages of the children.
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