Every item lovingly added to an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift has the potential to impact a child.
How it works
Each shoebox is filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies, and toys, and is given to children regardless of gender, race, or religion. When culturally appropriate, copies of a book entitled The Greatest Gift, which has been translated into 130 different languages, are offered to children after the shoeboxes have already been distributed. Learn more about the journey of a shoebox.
Following the shoebox distributions, local churches and ministry partners are equipped with a 12-lesson Bible study course, titled The Greatest Journey, which introduces interested children to Jesus, shows them how to receive Him and follow Him, and equips them to share their faith with family and friends.
In 2016, several pastors from churches across Canada went on an Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution trip in Senegal.
This year we also had some Canadian volunteers travel with us to Costa Rica to help distribute gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, and see the impact of our voluntary “The Greatest Journey” Bible study program for children and families that received shoeboxes.
History: Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990. In 1993, Operation Christmas Child grew and was adopted by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization run by Franklin Graham. To date, Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed over 135 million shoebox gifts worldwide. In 2016, Canadians donated 664,525 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for hurting children around the world.
- Learn how to pack a shoebox in person
- Pack a shoebox online
- Volunteer year-round with us
- Pray with us
- Download resources
- Find shoebox shopping tips
- Pack shoeboxes year-round
- Lead your church or lead your group in packing shoeboxes
- Organize a shoebox packing party
- Support Operation Christmas Child through gift-in-kind donations
- Examine some misconceptions about Operation Christmas Child
See the impact!
Watch impact videos of children’s lives who have been changed through shoeboxes.