What is Operation Christmas Child?
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoe box gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world 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. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoe box is the first gift they have ever received.
Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million shoe boxes to children in over 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift‑filled shoe box is the first gift they have ever received.
Our campaign runs each year from September to November. Anyone can pack a shoe box. Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoe boxes with school supplies, hygiene items and dollar store type fun toys, such as dolls or soccer balls. If you are unable to shop for items, you can still participate by sponsoring a shoe box for $9.00. Please call the office at 301-375-9088 if interested in sponsoring a box or boxes.