Operation Christmas Child is a GO!

It may be a little early for Santa but it’s time to start preparing for the Christmas season. The best way to kick off the celebration is to give a gift to a child across the world. It’s true, their are countless of children that don’t get anything for Christmas. That’s why it’s our joy to give gifts, and we do that through Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

Giving a gift to a child is a fundamental way of expressing God’s love. Operation Christmas Child not only provides children with toys and school supplies but also shares the story of Jesus. That’s why it’s so important that we do our part and help buy supplies, pack shoeboxes, and get them dropped off at shipping locations.

C’mon folks! It’s time to get excited, make a plan, and take action! We’re not asking for cheerleaders we want team players. It’s time to jump aboard the biggest pre-christmas bandwagon celebration of the year and give a gift to a child who needs it. With your help we can make Christmas meaningful for millions of children because giving a gift is just one way to say I love you.

To learn more about the entire process behind Operation Christmas Child please visit their website HERE


There are lots of things you can pack like toys, school supplies, and even hygiene items. First you’ll need to decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Make sure that you print out the corresponding label and tape it to your shoebox. (Click here to download the label)

For a list of suggested items or to find out what not to pack please click HERE


Now that you’ve got all your supplies it’s time to have some real fun!

Grab all your supplies and join us for our FIRST Family Packing Party on Friday, Nov. 11 at 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Dinner starts at 6:00 and Shoebox packing at 6:30. This is a great way to get in the Christmas Spirit and enjoy good company while you do it. Our goal this year is to pack 1,300 boxes!


Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, November 14-21. We’ve made it super easy because we are a drop off location – located at 1306 Hampton Street in Columbia.

Donate $7 online and receive a tracking label to follow your box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift. Click Here to get your tracking label.