Every year shoeboxes are filled with love and hope, but physically, this is what is recommended to add.

Red-toped green boxes can be filled with many items, with school supplies and hygiene products being the biggest needs.

Each box will be sorted into groups for a boy or girl, and by age: two-four, five-nine, and 10-14.


Samaritan's Purse recommends the following items:

School supplies:

  • pens
  • pencils
  • sharpeners
  • crayons
  • markers
  • notebooks
  • paper
  • solar calculators
  • colouring and picture books


Non-liquid hygiene products:

  • toothbrushes
  • bar soap
  • combs
  • washcloths


Clothing and accessories:

  • T-shirts
  • socks
  • hats
  • sunglasses
  • hair clips
  • jewelry
  • watches
  • flashlights


Toys that the child can use for many years are recommended, such as a yo-yo or a light-up toy with extra batteries. If you are crafty, making things like bows and finger puppets is recommended. Gifts of nails, powdered paints, and scissors can be included, but no liquids.

Samaritan's Purse suggests adding a "wow gift" like a stuffed animal or a soccer ball and pump.

A personalized letter to the child and family photo are an added touch they recommend adding.


Do not pack:

  • cards with faces
  • toothpaste
  • lipgloss
  • dice
  • war-like items
  • water guns
  • pocketknives