When it comes to essentials, we are off to a good start. We have about 20 tubes of toothpaste, 60 toothbrushes, and about 50 bars of soap!! We would love to include at least one of each of these in EVERY box, so lets get collecting! Sometimes, we take these things for granted, but for many of the children who get these boxes, the whole family is sharing ONE toothbrush! and since they don't have toothpaste, I have heard that some use SALT instead!! It is far from ideal, and packing these essentials is one way to help out these families! Also, consider washcloths, floss, deodorant, kleenex, bandaids, combs/brushes. All of these I am sure would be much appreciated by the children and their families. I think it is very important to help provide for some of their basic needs when we bless them with their shoebox gifts.
Dollar Tree sells 5pks of kids toothbrushes with caps on them for $1.
Walmart sells 18pks of washcloths for around $3.50-$4
Dollar General sells 10 pks of Ivory Soap for $3.50
Let me know if you come across any other great deals for the boxes!