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National Collection Week November 12 - 18, 2018

How to Pack a Shoebox

Find a Shoebox

Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.


Girl or Boy?

Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

Fill with Gifts

Select a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal. Then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.



Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.


Make Your Minimum $10 Donation

Please donate a minimum of $10 for each shoebox you prepare to help cover project costs--including shipping.



Take your shoebox gifts to a local collection center during National Collection Week, November 12-18, 2018.


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Greyhound Update

For many years, Samaritan’s Purse has been blessed by our partnership with Greyhound Canada. The company has helped us transport tens of thousands of Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes, packed by generous people like you, to our processing centers for inspection. We are grateful for this partnership and how it has brought joy to children in need around the world. Unfortunately, Greyhound has announced plans to end all passenger and freight transportation services in Western Canada on Oct. 31. And effective immediately, Greyhound is no longer transporting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes on any Canadian routes. If you have questions about how Greyhound’s decision could affect you and your church, please contact us at We may be able to suggest alternative ways to get your shoeboxes to us.

Find out more about our follow up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.

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