Samaratin’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child



  • Doll
  • Soccer ball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)
  • Stuffed animal
  • An outfit of clothing to wear
  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)
  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Washcloth
  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
  • Adhesive bandages
    (Colorful ones can help a child be more willing to wear a bandage. Do not include liquid antibiotic ointment.)
  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils
    (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or washcloths to maximize the space.)
  • Blanket
  • Shirts and pants
  • Pillowcase dress (loose-fitting sundress)
  • Underwear
  • Shoes and socks
  • Flip-flops
  • Hat/scarf/mittens
  • Sunglasses
  • Tote bag/purse
  • Hair bows
  • Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)
  • Pencils
  • Small manual pencil sharpener
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Pens
  • Coloring pads
  • Coloring books
  • Picture book
  • Notebooks
  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue.)
  • Small adhesive tape
  • Watercolor set
    [Finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper]
  • Playdough
    (Consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough.)
  • Stickers
  • Skipping rope/Jump rope
  • Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.
  • Foam ball
  • Kickball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated)
  • Finger puppets
  • Slinky
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Tennis ball
  • Play cars/trucks/boats
  • Plastic tools
  • Plastic dinosaurs
  • Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, noise (include extra batteries)
  • You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.


Candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.