Operation Christmas child

Every year, Operation Christmas Child (OCC) provides gift boxes for thousands of children around the world. OCC partners with Samaritan’s Purse, an organization based out of North Carolina, to make this Christmas project possible. Samaritan’s Purse provides physical and spiritual aid for those in need all around the world.

With Christmas approaching, we are reminded that there are many children who have never received a gift on Christmas morning. According to SamaritansPurse.Org, OCC has delivered over 135 million shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in 150 countries, since the launch of the Christmas project in 1993. The shoeboxes are packed by members of church communities across the country. Some things that are typically found in the shoeboxes are; stuffed animals, dolls, toothbrushes, candy, notes of encouragement and other toys.

The simplest of gifts can leave a lasting impact on the children’s lives and the lives of those who sent them. There are so many ways you can help out this organization, including; donating to the cause, spreading the word, or even getting some friends and putting together a box to donate yourself!


Shawn Cox, right, and Rose Graffius pick up shoe boxes full of toys, school supplies and essentials that will be shipped to countries all over the world at the Samaritan’s Purse packaging center in Suwanee, Ga., for their Operation Christmas Child campaign on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. One of nine packaging centers across the United States, the Suwanee location has around 500 volunteers each day that have helped package just under one million shoe boxes. (Jonathan Phillips/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)