There are people in our communities, in our own neighborhoods, who are wondering if they’ll be able to give even one gift this Christmas. The Christmas PEACE Box is a way for you to share love this Christmas.
Assembling a box is simple. Just follow the 3 easy steps below. We've even included tips to help you get started.
Step #1: Assemble your box. (We've done that for you)
Step #2: Decide who you will give the box to: child (gender and age) or family. Then mark it on the box.
Step #3: Shop to fill your box.
Don't know what to fill your PEACE box with? Check out the suggestions below.
3-5 years old
Age appropriate toys: Coloring books, crayons, Play-doh, stuffed animals, books, etc.
Snacks: Fruit Roll-ups, raisins, Goldfish, etc.
Clothing: Fun socks, hair clips, sun glasses, beanies, etc.
6-9 years old
Age appropriate toys: Jump ropes, Slinky, hand-held games, books, dolls, small balls, etc.
Snacks: Lollipops, gum, crackers, etc.
Clothing: T-shirts, caps, socks, hair clips, etc.
School Supplies: Pencils, markers, book covers, stamps, etc.
Hygiene Items: Toothbrush
10-12 years old
Age appropriate toys: Hackysack, books, finger skateboard, hand-held or card games, Ear buds etc.
Snacks: Gum, crackers, hard candy, mints etc.
Clothing: Baseball caps, ankle socks, hair clips/headbands, scarves, beanies, etc.
School Supplies: Pencils, gel pens, book covers, etc.
Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, hand sanitizer, metal water bottle
13-18 years old
Age appropriate toys: Hackysack, books, finger skateboard, hand-held or card games, Ear buds, gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart), balls etc.
Snacks: Fast food gift cards,Gum, crackers, chips, candy etc.
Clothing: Baseball caps, ankle socks, hair clips, headbands, scarves, beanies, etc.
School Supplies: Locker decorations, sketch pads, journals, pencils, gel pens, book covers, etc.
Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, hand sanitizer, metal water bottle, shower gel, nail polish, lip gloss, fragrance, etc.
Night Out: Movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, etc.
Night In: DVD's, popcorn, family game, books, etc.
Discouraged Items: Money, large or used items, common allergy products (peanuts etc.), medication, military or toy guns, beverages, breakable items, perishables, movies rated PG-13 or above.
After you've filled your Christmas PEACE Box you have a couple options for how to donate your gift.
1) We encourage you to give the box directly to a child or family that you know is in need. This is the most rewarding way to make an impact in your local community and show your neighbors you care.
2) Return your filled box to the Christmas PEACE Box trucks at Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest at any of the weekend services. The final weekend to return your filled boxes is December 1st and 2nd. The church will then distribute boxes to children and families in the local community.
3) Return your filled box to The Reptile Zoo where we will both deliver boxes to Saddleback Church for distribution and provide local deliveries in our community. The final weekend to return your filled boxes to The Reptile Zoo is December 15th and 16th. To show our appreciation for your gift to those in need in our local community The Reptile Zoo would like to offer you a complimentary admission to enjoy our exhibits on the day of your filled box delivery.