The Shoebox Challenge

Posted by Paula Paine on August 4, 2014 in "Your OU" Though it’s only August, OU-Kansas City’s community service committee is gearing up for Christmas by issuing a challenge to all OU faculty, staff, students, and friends in the Kansas City and surrounding area.
Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide initiative to collect shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies and basic necessities to be donated to needy children around the world at Christmas and beyond. The program was started in 1993 through Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian aid organization operated by Franklin Graham, the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham. Since its inception, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
OU-KC’s challenge is to collect enough items to thrill 75 children with Christmas shoeboxes. The items to fill 75 shoeboxes must be donated by the second week of November, when those on campus will hold a “packing party.” As an incentive, Academic Technology Specialist Kathie Wayne has offered to sponsor the shipping of 40 boxes ($7 each) if the challenge is met.
So how does it work?
  • Select a boy or girl in one of the following age ranges – or feel free to buy something for them all! Historically the organization runs low on boxes for older children.
      -   2 to 4
      -   5 to 9
      -   10 to 14
  • Purchase the following types of items. Keep in mind that all items must be new. Also, please avoid choking hazard items, especially for the younger ages.
     -   School supplies - pens, pencils, notepads, colored pencils, crayons, safe scissors, etc.
     -   Hair supplies - hair bands/ties, barrettes, combs, brushes
     -   Small toys (no war related toys) - balls, jacks, jump ropes, coloring books, teddy bears, cars, games, etc.
     -   Hygiene products - toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, washcloths, soap
     -   Basic clothing - socks, gloves, hats, underwear, t-shirts, etc.
     -   Food – candy that won’t melt, vitamins
  • Drop off items at the Kansas City campus any time between now and November 7 - 4370 West 109th Street, Suite 200, Overland Park, Kansas.
If you have questions regarding the challenge, you may contact Facilities Coordinator Kim Bauer at or 913-266-8600.
If you would like to learn more about Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse, please visit their website at