Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I have a board on pintrest just for OCC ideas!! I wold love for you to follow me. I'm also willing to open it up to contributors if you want to be one just let me know your name on pintrest and I will add you so we can share ideas! Have an OCC themed board yourself? Let me know so I can follow it!!

Click here to see my board!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Free Coloring Books

I just ordered a bunch of FREE coloring books for my boxes.

Clip With Purpose has a list of places you can get these here.

Be sure to read the comments for important info and suggestions on limits and filling out the forms!

Have fun!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Craft Swap

I'm participating in a craft swap sponsored by Clip With Purpose. We are each making 20 items and sending 5 each to 4 different people (so we will each get 5 of 4 different crafts). I've already received one package and am really looking forward to the rest. I am making bookmarks with ribbon and plastic canvas. Super easy and inexpensive and only takes about 15 minutes to make one. I will post instructions later (when I get a chance to take pictures). I hope to have information about the crafts I receive on here as well so look forward to that.

I am hoping there will be more swaps in the future, its a great way to get a variety of items for your boxes. If not it would be a great thing for you to do with local friends who pack OCC boxes.

2011 Review

2011 was AWESOME for OCC.
Numbers of shoeboxes collected:
Savannah area (my area): 17,301
Processed through Atlanta: 669,558
From the USA: 6,051,799 (exceeding the 5.5 million goal!!)
Worldwide:  8,630,568

Praise God for these amazing numbers even amidst troubling economic times!! HE can provide!

Boxes from Atlanta went to:

And 1 undisclosed country

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Last weeks deals and preview

What I got this past week for OCC:

4 "free" toothbrushes (from CVS and Walgreens, free after ECBs/RRs)
2 pack of sharpies 50 cents (target)
2 packs of 9 pens .49 each (target)
10 pack of pens for .02 (target)

I also got a handful of personal items for myself but no "money makers"

I'm pretty new to couponing so I'm starting small and learning as I go but I think I got some pretty decent deals this week!

Here are some ideas of what is coming up this week that could be included in boxes (since I'm not great at this yet and there are some other sites that do a WONDERFUL job of listing out the deals I'm just posting a quick overview here. Be sure to check Clip With Purpose and SouthernSavers or CouponMom for a complete list of deals!):

FREE GUM toothbrush
$1 Crest toothpaste
FREE + Crest toothpaste (month-long deals)
.25 Colgate toothpaste

Free Colgate toothpaste
School Supplies-various

Free Colgate toothpaste
School Supplies (various see Southern Savers)

Publix (ends Tues or Wed)
.49 Dove Deodorant
$1.87 Ziplock bags (good for soap, crayons etc)
.25 Crest toothpaste
.39 Colgate Toothbrush
Southern Savers also has Advantage Buy Deals listed on her website so check those as well.

Those are all the previews I can find for next week so far. I know Walmart has also started putting out their school supplies so be sure to check there-I'll try to post any good Walmart deals later.

Looks like we can get some cheap toothpaste to go with all our free toothbrushes from last week as well as a few other items.

Other Box items this week:
I made 5 crochet bags in various sizes (details coming in future post)
Made 2 crochet hacky sacks (details in future post)
Sydney brought home crayons from Texas Roadhouse to make fat crayons, I will also be cleaning out her old crayons soon when I get some to replace them.
Sydney has been working on nesting block panels, I will do a post on that project when we have finished a complete set!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weekly Deals 6/26-7/2

I'm not very good at the couponing thing yet but here are some good deals I've seen for this upcoming week for items that could be used in OCC boxes.

For a great resource for couponing in general please check out the Southern Savers website and for OCC specific couponing see Clip With Purpose (she has some moneymakers included on her site to help you make your OCC dollars go farther). 

I have included Kroger, CVS, and Walgreens in this post. I didn't see anything great at Target this week but if you are there make sure to check the dollar rack.


FREE to .09 Tic Tacs; Sale price: $1-1.09 + use  $0.75/1 or $1/1 from 6/12 Red Plum to make it Free-.09

$0.69 Hefty one zip storage bags 12-22 Count. Sale price: $1.19 + use $1/2 Hefty products from 4/10 Red Plum to make it .69.

Foster Grant sunglasses B1G1, I don't know how the prices are on these but might be a good deal on sunglasses. 


$0.37 Colgate Toothpaste 4-8.2 oz, Total Gum Defense, Advanced Enamel Strength, Total, Total  
    Whitening, Max Cavity Protection or 2in1
   Regular price $2.87 + $1 ECB + use one of the following store coupons:
     $1 off Colgate Total Gum Defense toothpaste (CVS coupon), Reinventing Beauty magazine
     $1 off Colgate Kids toothbrush or toothpaste, 4.6 oz, Kroger home mailer
     $1 off Colgate toothpaste, 5.8 oz +, Get More From Your Pharmacy booklet
     $1 off Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste, 4 oz +, Kroger home mailer
     $1 off Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste, excl trial size, Kroger home mailer
     $1 off Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste, Kroger First Time Savings insert 6/12 
     $1 off Colgate Total toothpaste, 4 oz +, Summer Walgreens Diabetes & You magazine 

     + Use: 
     .50/1 Colgate toothbrush or toothpaste printable

     Makes it .37 after ECB (limit 1)

FREE Mennan Speedstick Regular price $1.99 + $1 ECB + Use $1/1 CVS Reinventing Beauty Magazine (expires 6/30) limit 1, Makes it FREE.

In June; Buy $15 worth of Dove/Degree products receive $5 ECB (once): See this post at Clip With Purpose for deal ideas.  


FREE+ Reach Floss 30 yds, Total Care 1pk, Advanced or By Design Toothbrushes 2pk. Regular price $2.99 each + $2 Register Rewards + use one of the following:
    $1 off Reach By Design toothbrush, 1-2 ct, SS 4/17
    $1 off Reach toothbrush, floss or access flosser, SS 4/17
    $1.50/2 Reach toothbrush, floss or access flosser, 500 ml +, SS 1/09
.50/1 Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash, or Reach toothbrush, floss or access flosser, 500 ml +, SS 1/09
    use $2/1 multi pack from 5/8 Smart Source
    Money maker with $2/1 coupon, free with $1/1 coupon

Walgreens Candy B1G1 @ $2.99. I'm not sure what types of candy this applies to or if its a great price but might be a good way to stock up on some hard candy or gum.
$.03 Dentyne or Trident Gum, 9-12 count. Sale price $.66 with in ad coupon + use $1.25/2 Dentyne Gum single pack from Kroger home mailer, makes it .03 each. 

$1.14 (each x 2) Hefty freezer 13 pk or storage 17-22 pk bags. B1G1 @ $3.29 + use:
   $1/2 Hefty products from 4/10 RedPlum or
   $1/2 Hefty one zip products from Walgreens coupon calendar
   makes it 2.29 for 2. 

FREE+ Crayola Posterboard. $.33 with in ad coupon plus use $1/2 Crayola products from Walgreens Coupon calendar. Makes it free plus overage. This could be great to use for OCC craft projects or just cut into smaller pages or cards to include in boxes!

FREE (3) Dove Men + Care Bar Soap 6pk $6 ECB when you buy 3 @ $6/each + use 3 $4/1 Dove Men+ Care coupon from 6/26 RedPlum makes it free (after ECB)

FREE Carefree Pantiliners, $1.99 sale price + use $3/2 Carefree (store) coupon from July walgreens coupon book AND use 2 $.50/1 (manufacturer coupon) from 6/26 SmartSource. Makes it FREE.

Coupon Mom had a few good deals listed for Walmart but I don't know if they are based on sale prices or if there are walmart coupons. If its store coupons I don't know where she gets them. Feel free to check her site and if you figure it out let me know. 

Please comment if you find any other good OCC deals this week! I will try to include more as I get better at it!

Friday, June 24, 2011

How you can help!

Here are a few ways you can help with OCC, its never too early to start planning or get involved!

We are gearing up for Operation Christmas Child this year. Collection week is November 14-21st but there is much to be done before that to have a successful and abundant collection! Below I am listing a variety of ways you can help this year please consider what you can do and let me (or your local year-round volunteers) know!!!

1. Pack a box!! (or several)
2. Get your organization/club involved (MOPS, scouts, 4-H, Red hat, service groups, schools/classes, civic organizations, preschools, other groups)
3. Get your workplace or  business involved (there are many levels and ways to be involved more info coming)
4. Volunteer (more info coming)
5. Donate items that can be used in boxes (toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, candy etc)

Let me know how you would like to help!!! (Or contact your local OCC volunteers or office, if you need help finding contact info I'm happy to help!)