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.


A FUN-raiser for Shoeboxes

Grace Presbyterian Church in Franklin, North Carolina, held a creative and fun fundraiser to support Operation Christmas Child at their church. Young people participated in a cooking class and made pizzas and apple turnovers to raise money for shoeboxes.

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Student Project Leader – Elizabeth Henry

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.

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25 Years of Shoeboxes Celebrated in Charlotte

Franklin Graham, along with hundreds of processing center volunteers, celebrated 25 years of what God has done through Operation Christmas Child.

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West Coast Ministry Center Dedication

Franklin Graham dedicates the Samaritan's Purse West Coast Ministry Center in Fullerton, California.

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Purses with Purpose

Alathia, a 14-year-old girl in Fort Worth, Texas, set out to crochet 2,000 purses in one year for Operation Christmas Child and, with help from family, friends, and churches, she met her goal.

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Encouragement from Sarai

Hear why Sarai packs shoeboxes gifts with her church and why she believes every Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift matters.

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Persevering Past the Hurricanes

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

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From Texas to Barbuda with Love

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.

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100-year-old Lets His Light Shine

Ira Miller of West Virginia packed 100 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for his 100th year. He doesn't let his age stop him from being a missionary.

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Eva's Story Reaches Millions

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.

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Children Helping Children

Boys and girls across the United States are rallying their peers, as well as adults, to pack more Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and thereby reach more children worldwide with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Both Sides of the Shoebox: Mark and Umale

We arranged a special surprise for volunteers from both sides of the shoebox.

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Military Couples Pack Shoebox Gifts

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.

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Volunteers from Both Sides of the Shoebox

We arranged a special surprise for volunteers from both sides of the shoebox.

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Get a Sneak Peek at a Processing Center

Ever wondered what it's like to volunteer at one of our Operation Christmas Child shoebox Processing Centers? Join Brogan for a behind-the-box tour!

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Meet 100-Year-Old Eva

Eva Bossenberger is 100 years old. Eva, who has enjoyed sewing since she was a child, makes dresses to pack in Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. She prays that every girl who receives a dress will hear the Gospel and come to know Jesus as her Savior.

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National Collection Week Volunteer Training

Each volunteer has an exciting and important role to play as they prayerfully serve at an Operation Christmas Child drop-off location. Take a look at some of the ways volunteers work to get shoebox gifts to children around the world.

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Year-Round Volunteer Profile: Student Relations

Become an Operation Christmas Child Student Relations Volunteer. Sisters Ashlee and Ally Davies share their story.

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Who Is a Project Leader?

Operation Christmas Child project leaders share first-hand how and why they organize shoebox collections for their church or group.

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Neville: Jesus Turned a Mess into a Message

After being radically changed by the Lord Jesus Christ, Neville now risks his life to share the Gospel with children through Operation Christmas Child.

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Volunteers: The Backbone of Operation Christmas Child

By giving their time to further this project, men and women around the world partner with Samaritan’s Purse to reach children for Christ.

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A Special Message From Shoebox Recipients

Operation Christmas Child shoebox recipients from around the world give thanks to those who pack shoebox gifts and for showing them how much God loves them.

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The Role of International Operation Christmas Child Volunteers

Learn more about the specific duties of each volunteer

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No Reason to Wait

Students can volunteer now with Operation Christmas Child and play a key role in reaching children for Christ.

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Faith: Crossing the Finish Line for 20,000 Shoeboxes

A young girl with spina bifida uses her birthday as an opportunity to host a 5K and pack Operation Christmas Child gifts.

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A Small Church With a God-sized Goal

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.

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Remaining Faithful

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.

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Partners in the Gospel

Watch how volunteers are working with Operation Christmas Child across the U.S. using their gifts and talents to advance the kingdom of God.

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Year-Round Volunteer Profile: Leadership

You can become a year-round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child! Paul & Ashley, volunteer Area Coordinators, share their story.

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Year-Round Volunteer Profile: Church Relations

You can become a year-round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child! Ali, a volunteer Church Relations Coordinator on the Logistics Team, shares her story.

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Year-Round Volunteer Profile: Logistics

You can become a year-round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child! Judy, a volunteer Network Coordinator on the Logistics Team, shares her story.

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Year-Round Volunteer Profile: Prayer Mobilization

You can volunteer year-round with Operation Christmas Child! Karen, a Prayer Mobilization team member, tells her story.

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Year-Round Volunteer Profile: Community Relations

You can become a year-round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child! Lauren, a volunteer Community Relations Coordinator, tells her story.

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Operation Christmas Child Community Event - Charlotte, NC

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.

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Jordyn's Love Project

Jordyn McNeal started her "love projects" at 6 years old. This year, she will be showing children God's love by packing 5,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!

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Shoebox Drop-Off Locations Change Lives

Becoming a Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Drop-Off Location can transform lives in your community while reaching children around the world with the Good News! Find out how your church can get involved: SamaritansPurse.org/occ

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How to Process Millions of Shoeboxes?

We love our Operation Christmas Child volunteers! These dedicated shoebox packers know how to have fun while reaching millions of children every year. Join us! There is a place for everyone to serve!

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God Made Me Walk

Doctors told Faith's parents she would never walk, but God had other plans. Faith takes on a 5K run to collect shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child.

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Follow Uncle Si's Shoebox

Every Operation Christmas Child shoebox delivers joy, hope and a message of God's love. We followed Uncle Si's shoebox all the way to India.

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The LAPD Joins Forces with Operation Christmas Child

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.

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Redemption in a Shoebox

One shoebox at a time, these women in recovery find and give hope. A partnership between the Changing Lives Center and Operation Christmas Child is another way that shoeboxes build community.

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OCC Volunteer Opportunities

Watch to find out how you can make an impact on a child's life by volunteering with Operation Christmas Child!

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The Shoebox Kid

Tucker's journey with Operation Christmas Child

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Gifts from Survivor to Survivor

Watch as those who endured Hurricane Sandy find joy in packing Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for Filipino children in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Shoeboxes On Parade

Watch how one community gets into the holiday spirit by sharing the message of Operation Christmas Child through a festive parade float.

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TobyMac - Christmas This Year (Feat. Leigh Nash) - Operation Christmas Child Music Video

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.


Hands of the Father: A Toymaker's Joy

Meet one man who dedicates his life to making wooden toys for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. So far he's made over 100,000 toys, and now he's going for 100,000 more.

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Hands of the Father: A Toymaker's Joy

Meet one man who dedicates his life to making wooden toys for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. So far he's made over 100,000 toys, and now he's going for 100,000 more.

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University of North Carolina Chaplain Mitch Mason

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.

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Lemonade For Operation Christmas Child

Children raise money for Operation Christmas Child by selling cookies, brownies and lemonade.

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Bead by Bead: Ruth's Story

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.

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OCC and the Power of Prayer

Operation Christmas Child and the power of prayer

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Lamb's Wool Ministry Knits Hearts Together

Meet Carol. Watch as her organization, Lamb's Wool Ministry, knits sweaters for children around the world through Operation Christmas child shoe boxes.

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The Shoebox Kid

Tucker's journey with Operation Christmas Child

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