Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
— Jesus (Luke 18:16)

Good News.  Great Joy.

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children's lives all over the world in Jesus' Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

How to Pack a Shoebox

STEP 1:  THE SHOEBOX

Pick up an empty, pre-printed Operation Christmas Child shoebox at the church on Sunday morning!

STEP 2: BOY OR GIRL?

Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.  Pick up the appropriate boy/girl label from the OCC table at the church. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.

STEP 3: FILL WITH GIFTS!

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions below).

STEP 4: INCLUDE $7 DONATION PER BOX

Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $7 for each gift you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your box. Or, you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation. Note: "Follow Your Box" is only available through online giving.

STEP 5: PRAY

Ask God to use your gifts to show God's amazing love to the child who will receive your shoebox.

STEP 6: DROP OFF

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and return it to the church no later than Sunday, November 16.

Gift Suggestions

  • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.