Shoe Box Club

Shoe Box Club

    Evilyn Pinnow believes age is not a factor when it comes to changing the world. Spunky and passionate, she was just eight years old when she founded the Shoe Box Club in Ft. Atkinson to collect items and pack shoe boxes with gifts for needy kids around the world, inspired by an Operation Christmas Child booklet she received in Sunday School. Evilyn imagined what it would be like to live in poverty and wondered what she could do to make a difference. Four years later, her club has not only grown to some 80 members and a board of officers (all of whom are kids!), but Evilyn's also consulting with kids in other states about how to start their own Shoe Box Clubs. The club meets on a monthly basis to pack the shoe boxes with the toys, school supplies, and hygiene items they receive, typically filling 40-50 boxes a month. In 2011, they packed 554 boxes!

Now Evilyn has another ambition: rallying volunteers to help Operation Christmas Child meet a major collection milestone of 100 million gift-filled shoe boxes since 1993. In November, Evilyn will go on a nationwide tour, packing the 100 millionth shoe box gift with toys, school supplies and necessity items from volunteers she meets along the way. Then, Evilyn will hand deliver the box to a child in the Dominican Republic in time for Christmas!

Tune in to see Molly and Tiffany add the very first item to the 100 millionth shoe box gift, on behalf of Wisconsin!

Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week is November 12-19th. For more information on how to fill a shoe box of your own, or for the nearest drop-off location, visit SamaritansPurse.org/OCC.