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Good News. Great Joy.

A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors and plant new churches. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.

2017 Collection Dates

November 13, 2017 - November 20, 2017 


Operation Christmas Child

We are partnering with Samaritan's Purse to give gifts of joy and love to children all over the world this holiday season. Help us make an eternal impact in the lives of these children and their families.

Learn more about Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child »

How Many Shoeboxes Have We Collected So Far For Christmas 2017?


A shoebox is more than just a Christmas present.


Learn more about how the simple gift of a shoebox can change a child's life.

Hear Elena's story and how a shoebox helped to change her life.

Learn more about Operation Christmas Child's global impact.


Every year a team of incredible volunteers help make Operation Christmas Child a success. We would love to have you join our team! Let us know you are interested, and we will contact you with available opportunities.


How To Pack A Shoebox 

    Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.
    Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label »
    Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Ideas below).
    Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $9 for each gift you prepare. We highly encourage you to register your box and 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.
  5. PRAY
    Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.
    Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to the Spanish River Church Chapel during National Collection Week, November 13–20, 2017.

Drop Off Times

Please bring items to the Sunset Room in the Early Childhood Learning Center.

Monday, November. 13th - Saturday, November 18th: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday, November 19th: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Monday, November 20th: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Gift Ideas

  • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

  • NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes (we will not accept toothpaste), bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

  • ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.


Thank you to everyone who packed boxes and volunteered last year!