A little known fact is that the 10 – 14 year old age range is the group with the least number of recipients within Operation Christmas Child. The boys especially. Since my son is 10 this year, we are making it a point to make several boxes for this very special group.
What do you give a tween/early teen boy?
Boys this age are starting to care more about being practical with their spare time, rather than wanting to spend their time playing with toys. They want to build, invent, tinker, and fix things. It is important for them to feel useful. They feel more grown up and their hobbies will reflect that. We packed:
- measuring tape
- duct tape
- screwdriver with changeable heads
- flashlight with extra batteries
Around these ages, boys are also going to start caring more about what they look like, what they smell like, and how good their hair looks. That makes me smile because it just goes to show how much they are growing up and taking pride in themselves. We packed:
- a foldable brush with mirror
- bar of soap
- plain baseball cap
Not many boys this age are fortunate enough to attend school, however thanks to organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, more children are able to attend school than ever before. If a child is able to receive an education, they are often lacking the most basic equipment that they need, such as writing utensils. I heard a story from a lady who traveled to Ghana last year to help distribute the OCC boxes. She said that the number of children who jumped for joy over a mere pencil or pen was astonishing. Because of the Follow Your Box feature, we know that our boxes last year went to Ghana and I pray that our children were some of those that were blessed by the pencils and other school supplied that we included. We packed:
- 12 pencils
- 10 pens
- 10 colored pencils
- 2 pencil sharpeners
- 3 small notebooks
With all the practical supplies we included, of course we could never leave out the fun stuff! Boys are boys after all, no matter how old they are! We packed:
- 3 Blowpops
- origami set
- rubber bouncy ball
- deck of playing cards
- wooden airplane to build
Why do we support Operation Christmas Child every year? No words are even needed from me…just watch this very short 52 second video showing a boy from Angola as receives his shoebox. This video alone will make you want to fill a dozen boxes!
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