Pack additional shoeboxes for children in Ukraine

Again this year, Operation Christmas Child Canada has committed to send 20,000 shoeboxes to Ukraine. This is in addition to the hundreds of thousands of shoeboxes we already need for our other receiving countries.

For most of us, it is impossible to imagine what it would be like to have our families caught in a war, but for tens of thousands of eastern Ukrainians, war has become a reality. Operation Christmas Child will be distributing shoeboxes again this year to bring hope, comfort, and the Good News of Jesus to the many children hurt by this terrible war. Read how God used The Greatest Journey to transform a child’s life in the Ukraine.

We love how excited Canadians are to help Ukrainian people in their time of need. However, in order to make shipping as fast and easy as possible, please limit your donations to items that will fit inside shoeboxes. Thank you!

So please remember, if you were already planning on packing shoeboxes this year, pack shoeboxes for Ukraine in addition to your other shoeboxes as we don’t want to take shoeboxes away from our other receiving countries. 

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

In addition to school supplies, hygiene items, toys, a personal note, and a $10 donation, include items such as gloves, toques, scarves, slippers, and socks in shoeboxes for Ukraine.



Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. Pray for peace for Ukraine and for those affected by the violence. 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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Find out more about our follow up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.

Read how God used The Greatest Journey to transform a child’s life in the Ukraine.

Stories from Ukraine

A Teen Club in Ukraine Studies the Bible and Motorbikes
A Christian discipleship group in western Ukraine uses The Greatest Journey to help boys learn to follow the Lord. Read more

Samaritan's Purse sparks change in Ukraine as youth trust Christ
God is using Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey to reach young campers. Read more

#shoeboxstories: Nadia and a Doll
As a Christian from a low-income family in Ukraine, I saw my shoebox gift as an answer to my mother’s prayers. Read more

#shoeboxstories: Vladimir and the Dental Floss
Growing up in a culture rife with bribery, my shoebox gift—given with no strings attached—showed me God’s unconditional love. Read more


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