I was fortunate enough to attend the Operation Christmas Child Connect Conference in March and learned a TON of new information on OCC. One of the most interesting booths I checked out was the social media booth. I love Pinterest, but had no idea that Pinterest was a hub of shoebox packing ideas- including some really inexpensive crafts you could make for your shoeboxes. Ideas and how-to’s for everything from tops made of CD’s, a marble and a bottle cap to stuffed caterpillars made out of a sock can be found there. There is also a treasure trove of blog posts from folks on how to stretch your dollars (there’s a video on how to pack 45 boxes for $45!!), ideas by age group and gender, and letter/picture ideas for your shoebox. One of the most interesting ideas I found was to utilize the underneath side of your shoebox lid in different ways- chalkboard paint it, make a road for the cars you pack in it, construct a maze on it, or have your child make a paint handprint with the following sentence: place your hand on mine and we can pray together. That’s making the most out of your space! Maybe you have a crafty group of friends. Wouldn’t this be a fun “girl’s night” for everyone to come with a bunch of supplies and make items that everyone could take home to fill their shoeboxes? Just another twist on a packing party!