Operation Christmas Child 2014 - packing a 10 - 14 year old boy box

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This is my third year making boxes for Operation Christmas Child, but I have never done a box for a 10 - 14 year old boy.  I've read that this age group, the boys especially, is the group with the least boxes made.  I will admit, not ever being a teenage boy it was rather hard to figure out what to purchase and make sure it would fit the box. 
Here's what I bought:
  • 2 things of chapstick
  • candy (I'll show below what all we're packing)
  • 2 yo-yos
  • tote bag
  • bag of marbles
  • jump rope
  • bouncy ball
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tin can with a puzzle inside
  • notebook
  • Cars stickers
  • 2 glue sticks
  • crayons
  • markers
  • grab and go pack
  • harmonica
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles puzzle
  • slinky jr
  • solar powered calculator
  • silly puddy
  • Christmas cup
  • pencils
  • Nerf football
  • wash clothe
  • travel size tissue
  • travel size deodorant
  • 2 tooth brushes
  • brush and comb
  • stickers
  • coloring pages
  • Christmas ball and paddle
  • scissors  
I took a good majority of the items out of the packaging to be able to fit all that I could in the box.  Here's one idea of how I saved some room and gave them something to hold some items in:

packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 10 - 14 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
My mom had given me a whole bunch of her empty Crystal Light containers for Michael to put his crayons and markers in.  I had three unused containers and decided to use them for our boxes.  The whole box of crayons, 2 glue sticks, and I had bought some erasers and pencil grippers after some of these pictures were taken fit in this container.  My mom will be adding a pencil sharpener to the boxes for me.  I also used the cup to help hold items and get more in the box.


packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 10 - 14 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
I also bought soap holders so that their soap could be stored after they opened them up.


packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 10 - 14 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
Tooth brush protectors for all the tooth brushes.  I love the one that I use for my tooth brush.


packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 10 - 14 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
Each box gets two caramel cover apple suckers because they are Michael's favorite suckers right now, three blow pops with bubble gum in the middle, a ring pop, some peppermint mints, spearmint mints, and dum-dums.


packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 10 - 14 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
Don't forget to double bag all your candy.  Yep, these kids are going to probably be on a sugar high for a few days!

Have you made a box for a 10 - 14 year old boy?  If so, share below the items not mentioned above that you backed in your box.  The old boys get the bigger the toys, but the shoe boxes never get bigger to accommodate.

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  2. just a warning you can't add anything with weapons...so TMNT is a no no, so are chapstick, deodorant and marbles. but the other things are great

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    1. According to their website it says no war related toys. There's nothing on there about no chapstick or deodorant - their non-liquid. www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/

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    2. According to their website it says no war related toys. There's nothing on there about no chapstick or deodorant - their non-liquid. www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/

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  3. I just looked on their website and they specifically list deodorant and marbles as being ok. Chapstick is also ok as long as it is not a liquid. Hope this helps. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/

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