The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts‑filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift—filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 186 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
For 2021, it is our goal to pack 300 boxes as a church family. To do this we need an early start. The monthly donation schedule (found below) will help spread out the expense and categorize items needed.
MARCH - Hygiene Items: soap, washcloths, brushes, combs, hair accessories
APRIL - Shirts: boys and girls sizes small, medium, and large
MAY - Flip Flops: boys and girls small, medium, and large
JUNE - Socks and Underwear: boys and girls small, medium, and large
JULY - School Supplies: pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, crayons, markers, etc.
AUGUST - Notebooks and Coloring Books
SEPTEMBER - Small Toys: yoyos, jump ropes, harmonicas, slinkys, marbles, small puzzles, etc.
OCTOBER - Wow Toys: soccer balls, kick balls, ball pumps, dolls, purses, stuffed animals, etc.
DO NOT INCLUDE: Candy; toothpaste; gum; 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.