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Operation Christmas Child… Please, consider sending your shoe box gift this Christmas!

November 12, 2008 10:46 am

occlogo_ezgheaderGood day everyone!

As some of you may know and some may not, about the charity called Samaritan’s Purse. Today I would like to tell you about Operation Christmas Child.

The concept is very simple. You pack simple gifts for a child in a certain age group into a regular shoe box. Drop off the shoe box during the collection week. The charity sends all the shoeboxes to children in need. Quite simple!

I highly encourage you to participate this year! You may contact me directly at if you have ANY questions. I will be collecting shoe boxes the week of November 17-November 24. This is a wonderful activity to do with your child(ren)! They can make a card and write a note for the recipient child! This makes the gift so much more personal. And the kids will enjoy picking out small gifts for their shoe box(es)! You may also include your address in the box and the recipient child might write back. I usually do leave my address but I have not received any letters – wondering if the addresses actually make their way to those kids. Maybe they do, but the kids may not know English or may not know how to read/write. So if you do decide to include a note, please do not expect that you will receive a response.


A few tips before you start reading. Consider purchasing a plastic shoe box – this way children can use it for something instead of throwing it away and creating more litter! Please, do NOT gift wrap the box! If you do gift wrap the box – make sure to wrap the box and the lid separately so the box can be opened without tearing up the gift wrap! Smaritan’s Purse volunteer will have to examine the contents of EACH box to make sure the gifts are in compliance with the rules. Please, take the time to read the acceptable gifts rules and make sure you do not include any of the items that are prohibited!


And last but not least, if you decide to participate this year – I thank you at the depth of my heart and I hope your Christmas will be filled with joy and happiness!

Please, consider sending your Christmas wishes to a child far away… It will give you that warm feeling inside – knowing you did something great without expecting anything in return! This is the joy of giving… just imagine the child’s face light up when they open the box! Those children go through so much and their lives are not even close to being comparable to our lives and the lives of our children! So, when you think you have it bad – think again!!! And consider sharing smiles and hope with those who really truly need it!

Below is everything you need to know to get involved.

As always,

Yours truly,




How to pack a shoe box.

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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 importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.



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. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, 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.  Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.



Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our EZGIVE option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.


Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at the Collection Center nearest you during our collection week November 17 – 24.

For locations and hours of collection visit our Drop-Off Locations page where you can find the nearest place to take your shoe box by entering your ZIP Code or you can call 1-800-353-5949.

For drop off you may contact me directly at or via Facebook messaging service. I will be picking up shoe boxes starting this weekend! Or click the link above to find a location closest to you and drop off at one of the participating churches.




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.

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

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

Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

In a separate envelope, 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.)

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



Click on the image below for printable artwork of the labels and a donation form. If you are not using online EZGIVE option, fill out the form and include it in your box with your donation to receive a tax receipt. (Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.)


Click here to download labels >>>  Shoe Box Labels one_sheet

EZ Give Donations:

Samaritan’s Purse web site:






Download colouring pages here:


Certificate of participation (contact me to have one mailed to you with your child’s information filled out).

Click below to view “How to pack a shoe box video”.


How to pack your shoe box.

 Click below to view a full length feature about Operation CHristmas Child. 


Full video about Operation Christmas Child.

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