We started making shoeboxes when my daughter was a baby. We'll do a boy and a girl one that corresponds with whatever age my daughter is at the time. It's fun to shop with her and let her pick out all the items that will go in the boxes.
This year we added toothbrushes & toothpaste, soap, magic washcloths, small stuffed animals, card games, Marvel figures, a bead craft, coloring books, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, toy erases, stickers, silly bands, peanut butter crackers and ring pops. My daughter packed the boxes herself and included a handwritten note, a picture of herself and a drawing she made.
I love this hands on way my daughter gets to participate and the opportunity to tangibly show and talk about how children live in other countries. We are thankful for Samaritan's Purse for making such a simple way for us to help bless children in need!