Operation Christmas Child

The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox 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. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 189 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

Please click here to complete this form when you have turned in your shoeboxes!

If you still have any questions about the program after viewing the links below, please contact occinfo@samaritan.org.

Order Materials

Pack and Assemble

Cover Ministry Costs

  • Make a $10 (USD)or $10 (CAD) donation for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and program expenses.
  • If you give online through Follow Your Box (US), you can discover the destination of your shoebox gift.

Drop Off

  • Place a rubber band around each shoebox and bring them to one of nearly 5,000 drop-off locations open during National Collection Week, the third week in November.
  • Make sure to indicate that you’re with GEMS Girls’ Clubs when you fill out the drop-off log.

Host A Guest Speaker

  • Contact your Operation Christmas Child regional office (US) to be put in contact with potential speakers, including local volunteers, youth who helped deliver shoebox gifts, and even shoebox recipients.
  • This could be a great option to include in a Blessing Night!

Share on Social Media With Operation Christmas Child

  • Post photos of your club participating in Operation Christmas Child to our social media using the hashtags #ipackedashoebox #GEMSblessing