National Collection Week November 12 - 18, 2018
Shoebox Packing Party

Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts since 1993! Packing parties are a great way to have tons of fun and bless children overseas through gift-filled shoeboxes.

Host a community packing party

Whether it’s through a small community group or your whole church congregation, you can collect items, hold a packing party, and invite the local community to come in and join you in filling shoebox gifts. This can be an effective bridge-building opportunity to share the love of Christ with those in your area who may not know Him.

Pack shoeboxes with the local homeless population

Collect shoebox items as a church take the items down to the local homeless shelter and have a packing party. The act of packing and giving a shoebox gift is deeply moving for many people who are homeless because the opportunity for them to give is rare. The experience will also be impactful for members of your church as they interact with the shelter guests at the party. This event creates opportunities for your church to demonstrate the love of Christ at home and abroad.

Don’t forget to consider additional ideas for your church group or community group. Download the packing party guide or check out the Top 100 items that make perfect additions to any shoebox.

Drop Off Your Shoeboxes

Drop off your shoeboxes at a collection center near you during National Collection Week, the third week in November.

Other Helpful Resources

Visit our Resources page for lots of great ideas and tips for packing shoeboxes, including downloading sheets of boy/girl labels and editable packing party signs.

If you have a new idea for how community groups can bless children overseas by packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, email it to so we can share it with others!