Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. In 2016, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 12 million children. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide—with more than 150,000 of those in the United States—are involved in collecting, shipping and distributing shoebox gifts. Samaritan’s Purse currently works in more than 150 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.
The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items, fun toys and notes of encouragement—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. Individuals, families, churches and community service groups fill empty shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball. During National Collection Week (Nov. 14 – 21, 2016), Samaritan’s Purse will collect the gift-filled shoeboxes at some 4,500 drop-off locations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. You can find out how to pack a box and where to drop it off by visiting samaritanspurse.org/occ. Operation Christmas Child also offers a year-round opportunity to pack personalized shoeboxes online. Go to samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement, and “pack” them in a shoebox. These gifts will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries around the world. Shoebox gifts are prepared for overseas shipment at eight major processing centers across the U.S.— Atlanta; Baltimore; Boone, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Denver; Minneapolis; and Orange County, Calif. Participants can follow their box online to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.
More than 7.4 million children have participated in The Greatest Journey, Operation Christmas Child’s follow-up program that is offered to many children who receive shoebox gifts. The Greatest Journey is implemented through a global church network. This 12-lesson discipleship program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ.
Join us in packing a shoebox of your own. Do not include lotions or liquids, war toys, chocolate candies or used items. Then, during National Collection Week (November 14-21), drop your shoebox gifts of at one of these area drop-off locations: Click Here.