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How To Pack A Shoebox: Operation Christmas Child

1. Shoe Box
Use an empty shoebox (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

2. Boy or Girl
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page. Please include at least one item a child can immediately embrace such as a stuffed toy, doll, ball or toy truck.

4. Include $7 Donation
Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.

5. Drop Off
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and drop it off at the collection center nearest you during our collection week, November 18–25, 2013. For locations and hours of collection visit our Drop-Off Locations page where you can find the nearest place to take your shoe box by entering your ZIP Code or you can call 1-800-353-5949. You can also send your shoebox gift to: Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child 801 Bamboo Road Boone, NC 28607

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Journey of an Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box

Journey of a Shoe Box

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.


Even before you have thought about your shoe box, we and our volunteer teams are busy preparing to receive your box through:

  • Prayer
  • Promotion in sending countries
  • Training in receiving countries


You and millions of other people engage in this fun activity.

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Local Churches
  • Other groups, including schools and workplaces


Now bring your box to us so that we can send it on to a needy child.

  • Drop-off locations
  • Don’t forget your donation – with your shoe box or processed online (you can donate online here to follow your box)
  • Boxes are taken from drop-off/collection points to Processing Centers


Each shoe box is checked to make sure all contents are appropriate for children.

  • At Processing Centers, each shoe box is inspected by volunteers
  • Boxes must meet the receiving country’s customs requirements
  • Consolidation and preparation for shipment takes place


Hundreds of trucks/lorries and sea containers are now ready to transport your box and millions like it.

  • Transit to receiving country
  • Customs clearance
  • Delivered to local churches and ministry partners


Finally, your shoe box gets into the hands of a child!

  • Lively, fun event for children
  • Creative Gospel presentation by local churches and ministry partners, where appropriate
  • Shoe boxes are given to children unconditionally
  • Wherever appropriate, children are offered a copy of The Greatest Gift of All booklet in their own language by local churches and ministry partners.
  • Soon after an OCC distribution event, the local churches and ministry partners may offer The Greatest Journey (TGJ) to the children participating in OCC in many of their communities. You can read more about this program here on our web site.


This exciting discipleship program teaches children to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

  • After the OCC distribution event, where appropriate, children who received shoe boxes are invited to participate in TGJ by the local churches and ministry partners.
  • TGJ is a 12-lesson discipleship program, in the local language, from Samaritan’s Purse. It is utilized by the Operation Christmas Child project and is implemented by local churches and ministry partners.
  • Children join with other children from their community to participate.
  • Volunteers are trained to lead children through the lessons.
  • Children who complete TGJ are awarded a personal certificate and many receive a copy of the New Testament in their local language.
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