Operation Christmas Child Central Coast

What's New! Pack a Shoebox Drop Off Locations Get Involved Supporters

National Collection Week

Nov 14-20, 2017

1.  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.

2. BOY OR GIRL?

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  above. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

3. FILL WITH GIFTS

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child.  You can include school suppllies, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, clothing, and small toys, to name a few.   If you like a personal touch, you can add a picture or note to the child.  If you include your address, it is possible the child may be able to write back.

4. INCLUDE YOUR DONATION

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 the Follow Your Box Donation option, or you can write a check to Samaritan s Purse (note  OCCon 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.

5. DROP OFF

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 or you can call

1-800-353-5949.

You can also send your shoe box gift year round to: 

Samaritan’s Purse

Operation Christmas Child

801 Bamboo Road                                          

Boone, NC 28607 

Shoe Box Poem

A shoebox is small when compared to a bike.

It won’t hold a skateboard or other toys you may like.

But when children like you help to fill it with love,

It becomes just as large as the heavens above.

 

Boys and girls your age in far distant lands,

Have never held toothpaste or soap in their hands.

A doll or a ball that they may receive

Will bring joy to their hearts that is hard to believe.

No pencils or paper in their homes can be found,

Crayons or markers are just not around.

 

The most simple things that we use every day

Are precious to children who live far away.

But the most precious gift is not really a toy

But the story of Jesus that can fill them with joy.

As you glorify His name with the gifts that you bring,

Leave with the knowledge that a child’s heart will sing.

 

By Anonymous Volunteer From Hamlet, N.C.

BUILD A BOX ONLINE:

FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION with LABELS AND DECORATIVE BOX ORDERING INFORMATION CLICK LINK BELOW (opens in a new window)

 

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/