Packing Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes

Benjamin attends a “homeschool school” kind of thing at a church one day a week, where he takes PE, astronomy, stop-motion film-making, Lego Robotics, and math games. It’s a nice arrangement, and he quickly made a good friend there.

Anyway, we were told that every semester they do a service project, and that we had to bring in a filled shoebox that week for Samaritan’s Purse ministries.

First I was annoyed — not because I didn’t like the idea, but I had that, “Cheez, one more thing we have to worry about now!” feeling that most parents can identify with.

BUT, not surprisingly, it ended up being really fun. I plan to make a note on the calendar to do this every early November.

Rebecca wanted to pack a box too, so the three of us headed to Target.

Rebecca chose to pack a box for a girl age 10-14. She started with some basics, like crayons and paper, deodorant, and a fun toothbrush and toothpaste ….


Rebecca Shoebox not quite filled

Soap, Deodorant, Fun Toothbrush and Toothpaste, and Fuzzy Pencil Case


… then added some fun stuff: a mini Rubiks cube, silly putty, gum, and this adorable Snoopy doll!

Samaritan's Purse Shoebox with Snoopy

Adding Silly Putty, gum, and Snoopy!


Not surprisingly, Benjamin chose to pack a box for a boy aged7-10. He enjoyed picking out a set of Hot Wheels cars and a small Lego set in addition to more basic stuff like crayons and a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Samaritan's Purse Shoebox packed for a boy

Benjamin’s box for a boy


I know Benjamin did this during class, but Rebecca wrote her girl a letter and included not only our mailing address, but a postcard for her to write back on. It will be interesting to see if she gets a reponse!

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