Operation Christmas Child
Since 1993, more than 168 million boys and girls in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
Elizabeth Henry, who was living in an orphanage in Ukraine, received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox when she was 10 and it changed her life. Now, she's a student at Virginia Tech and started an Operation Christmas Child club to encourage fellow students to pack shoeboxes for kids in need.
National Collection Week 2017 was tough for many Operation Christmas Child volunteers still recovering from three major hurricanes that hit the mainland United States and Puerto Rico. Nonetheless, faithful men and women persevered and, by God's grace, the work continued on with great success
Grace Baptist Church in Wild Peach, Texas, packed thousands of shoeboxes this year despite suffering losses after Hurricane Harvey. Pastor Mark and Cherry Brumbelow traveled to the Caribbean to see some of those boxes distributed to Hurricane Irma survivors from the island of Barbuda.
101-year-old Eva sews dresses to pack in Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. A few months ago, Eva shared her story in a special video. Watch Eva's reaction as she enjoys that video for the first time, as well as pictures of some of the girls who received her dresses.
Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan's Purse aimed at strengthening the marriages of military couples, sponsored an Operation Christmas Child packing party in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Combat-wounded veterans, their spouses, and their children prepared shoebox gifts to send to boys and girls in need across the world.
By giving their time to further this project, men and women around the world partner with Samaritan’s Purse to reach children for Christ.
Learn more about the specific duties of each volunteer
A young girl with spina bifida uses her birthday as an opportunity to host a 5K and pack Operation Christmas Child gifts.
More than Enough: Mark and Cherry never dreamed God would call their small congregation in Wild Peach, Texas to pack 2,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. But when He did, they faithfully said yes and watched God provide in miraculous ways. Watch as a Small Texas Church Takes on a God-Sized Goal.
Kimberly and her team were tempted to be discouraged after their first year of collecting shoeboxes didn't go as planned. Remaining grateful and relying on the Lord's faithfulness they pressed on and watched God do above and beyond what they imagined possible.
Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, and others encourage Operation Christmas Child volunteers, staff, and guests at the Charlotte, N.C., processing center.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is partnering with Operation Christmas Child to pack shoeboxes again this year. Reaching children around the world is a family tradition for these officers and their families.
Thanks to Operation Christmas Child, people all over the world celebrate the greatest gift of all: Jesus Christ. Watch this Toby Mac music video, "Christmas This Year" featuring Leigh Nash and celebrate the awesome work God is doing through Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child.
Mitch Mason serves as a football chaplain for University of North Carolina. As part of his efforts to foster the spiritual development of the players, he encourages the team to pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for children in need. Players Ryan Switzer and Quinshad Davis also speak to the value of a simple gift.
Meet Ruth Luethy. This 93-year-old decided to replace boredom with a hobby that would make an impact on children all over the world. Watch as she talks about making hundreds of beaded necklaces for Operation Christmas Child to put in shoe boxes. For more information on how you can get involved like Ruth, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.