Contributed by
Samaritan’s Purse

In just one week, Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Locations will open to receive shoebox gifts—lovingly packed with toys and other items—from area donors during National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23. 

How to pack a shoebox:

Find a Shoebox: start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.

Girl or Boy? Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.

Fill with Gifts: select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.

Pray: most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.

Follow Your Box Labels: donate $9 online and receive a label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.

Drop off: take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, Nov. 16–23, 2020.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, seeks 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 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

To find out more about Samaritan’s Purse, visit the organization’s website (