Operation Christmas Child

What is Operation Christmas Child?

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 Your Shoebox

If you would like to build your own shoebox, there are several things you need to know before you get started!

Pray for the child that will receive your shoebox. Pray that God will give you wisdom as you shop for items to place in your shoebox. Shoebox sizes are average sized, not boot boxed sized. However, the prayer that you pray over the child can be the size of two boots!

Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category 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 (see Gift Suggestions below).

Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $9 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.

Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.

Not Sure What To Donate?

Click the button below to download a list to give you some ideas on what to include in your shoebox. 

Need More Labels?

A full page of printer-friendly boy/girl labels for multiple shoebox gifts.

Dates To Know

Last Day To Turn In ShoeboxesNovember 15, 2020
SFCA ChapelNovember 18, 2020.
Family Serve Day: OCC Packing PartyNovember 21, 2020.
Charlotte OCC Processing Center Ministry TripNovember 30 - December 6, 2020

Unable To Make a Shoebox?

If you are unable to build your own shoebox with us, there are two major ways in which you can change the life of a child this Christmas. Click either image to get started:

Order a Pre-Packed and Ready-To-Ship Shoebox

Drop off Gifts For Shoeboxes on campus.

Build A Shoebox - Online!

We want boys and girls around the world to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them during this time of uncertainty. Children need great joy now more than ever. Most of all, they need the hope found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This year, if you are unable to build your own shoebox with us, we encourage you to order a pre-made shoebox. For the small gift of $25 (this price includes shipping!), you can fill a shoebox with items you want a child to receive. Your box will be sent to the uttermost, hard-to-reach areas of the world. Open the door for Jesus’ name to be heard, possibly for the first time! Click the button below to go to our Build A Shoebox Page:

Item Of The Month

Unable to make a shoebox, but still want to make a difference in the life of a child? Not a problem! Consider Donating an item or two. We, as a church family, donate a different item every month. For more information, click the button below: 

*All Donations must be made on/before November 20, 2020

Contact Us

Have a question or would like to speak to someone about this ministry opportunity? Please contact Zabida Sawyer.