Operation Christmas Child



We are once again participating with Samaritan’s Purse in their shoebox drive, Operation Christmas Child. This wonderful ministry brings joy, small gifts, and the love of Jesus to children in need around the world! You can make a big impact in the life of a child somewhere around the globe.




Beginning Sunday, October 31

Free shoeboxes and brochures on how to pack a shoebox can be picked up in the Common Grounds Lobby and Main Lobby.


November 1-14

Drop off filled shoeboxes in the Main Lobby or Common Grounds Lobby.
*Sunday, November 14 is the deadline to drop off filled shoeboxes as we take them to a regional collection site.

1. Find a shoebox.

It’s most helpful if you use the boxes we provide so packing and shipping is efficient. Pick up shoeboxes beginning October 31. 

2. Choose an age and gender.

You can choose if you want to pack for a boy or girl. Then select age: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

3. Fill the shoebox.

Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with a pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.
DO NOT INCLUDE: candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

View Samaritan’s Purse recommended gift list for all ages.

4. Pray.

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

5. Label the box and pay to ship.

Donate $9 on the Samaritan’s Purse website and receive a tracking label to follow your box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift! You can also pick up a label at the drop off locations at Living Word and place $9 cash in the box. Note: If you can’t afford the shipping cost, please still donate a box.

Get a label now.

6. Drop off at Living Word by November 14

Once all the boxes are received we will share the total and celebrate God’s amazing provision.

Thank you for blessing a child through Operation Christmas Child!