Operation Christmas Child

How to Pack a Shoebox

SHOEBOX

Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.

BOY OR GIRL

Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.

FILL WITH GIFTS

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions below).

INCLUDE $7 DONATION PER BOX

Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $7 for each gift you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your box. Or, you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation. Note: Follow Your Box is only available through online giving.

PRAY

Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.

DROP OFF

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to the church by November 16.

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