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What is Operation Christmas Child?

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.

History of Operation Christmas Child

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 2017, Canadians donated 615,120 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for hurting children around the world.

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See the impact!

Watch impact videos of children’s lives who have been changed through shoeboxes.