1) Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child's age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
(For information on how to obtain printed boxes and labels, call LuAnn Lindquist at (906) 280-3584 or visit www.samaratinspurse.org/occ/).
2) Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided below.
3) Donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. When preparing more than one shoe box, make one combined donation.
TOYS: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils, sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, milk bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
OTHER: Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries).
A PERSONAL NOTE: In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family (If you include your name and address...the child may write back.
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.