Operation Christmas Child
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 168 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. More than 10.6 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide in 2018, with more than 8.8 million collected in the U.S.
Anyone can pack a shoebox! Individuals, families, Growth Groups can fill empty shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys, such as dolls or soccer balls. Stop by the display in the entry way to pick up an empty shoebox, tips on what to pack, or to drop off your shoebox if you've already packed it.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child and our church's involvement, see Missions Deacon Arleen Koshimizu.