Operation Christmas Child

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a project of The Samaritan's Purse that collects shoebox gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

Anyone can pack a shoebox. Whether you're able to pack a box in person or build one online you can be a part of delivering the gospel into the hands of children through a shoebox gift.

Shoeboxes must be returned no later than Sunday, November 15

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How to Pack a Box

  1. Shoe Box | Pick up a shoe box. A limited number of shoe boxes are available at each campus. However, you can use any cardboard or plastic shoebox.
  2. Boy or Girl | Determine whether your box will be for a boy or a girl and the child's age category 2-4, 5-9, 10-14
  3. Fill with Gifts | Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Follow the link below to see what you can and cannot include in your box and to get ideas on what to include.
  4. Include Your Donation | A donation of $9 per box is critical to cover shipping and other costs.
  5. Drop Off | Place a rubber band around each shoe box and lid and drop off at the collection area of your campus no later than Sunday, November 15

What Goes in a Shoe Box

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The Eternal Impact of a Shoe Box

Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship - transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the good news of Jesus.

As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors and church leaders present the gospel in a fun way designed for kids while their friends and family listen in. Along with the shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the gospel in their own language.

After receiving shoebox gifts, the boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program where they learn what it means to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others.

Learn More About the Eternal Impact

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Anyone Can Build a Box

Whether you're joining us in person or online you can build a box. We'll be providing a limited number of boxes for you take with you, pack, and return. Or you can pack your own cardboard or plastic shoebox and bring it to the church to contribute.

If you're not able to pick up a box or you are not comfortable delivering a box in person, you can build a box online and choose what items you'd like to be included. It's a great way to still be a part of this great mission without having to leave your home.

Build a Box Online

Follow Your Shoebox

Ever wanted to see where your shoebox goes? Well now you can! With the "Follow Your Box" labels you can track where your box goes to see how your donation is making a difference and spreading the gospel throughout our world.

Learn More

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Give a Monetary Donation

If you don't want to pack a box but still want to give a monetary donation, you can donate to different aspects of the Operation Christmas Child mission to assist the work of The Samaritan's Purse.

Give a Donation

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