Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse an international relief organization. Operation Christmas Child started in 1993 and since then more than 100 million children in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through a simple shoe box gift. The program partners with local churches and ministries to deliver the gifts and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many of the children who receive a box are also enrolled in a follow up program called The Greatest Journey where they are introduced to salvation in Jesus and encouraged to grow in their faith.





How to pack your shoe box.

How to Pack a Box with labels (Printable with boy/girl labels)

  • Shoe Box  |  Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most important, pray for the child who will receive your gift.
  • 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. Use the appropriate boy/girl label (labels are available on the How To printable above), and tape the label to the top of your box.
  • Fill with Gifts  |  Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions below).
  • Include Your Donation  |  Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation. Please make checks payable to Samaritan’s Purse. 
  • Drop Off  |  Drop off completed shoe boxes in the multi-purpose room.


Gift Suggestions

School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Toys: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.

Hygiene Items: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

Other: hard candy and lollipops, mints, gum (please place all candy in ziploc bag), T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

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 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 snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans. 

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Resources for You

Family Ideas

Operation Christmas Child has partnered with Veggie Tales to create some fun family resources for packing your shoe box.






The following video may help children understand a little more about helping those who have less than they do.

Additional Resources

All About Me Printable– This is a fill in the blank letter to the child who receives your box that you can use to tell them about yourself/family.
labels– you print additional box labels here instead of printing the info sheet above if you do more boxes.

Below you will find a link for a resource from Focus on the Family that includes a link to a family devotion.

A Guide for Serving Others as a Family

Direct link to the family devotion on page 5 of the above guide.

Click Here to be taken to more Veggie Tales fun including a coupon for the movie.