What is Operation Christmas Child?

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.

How can YOU participate?

Anyone can pack a shoebox. Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys, such as dolls or soccer balls.

  • Shoeboxes are available at Hillside Community Church. You can pick up a shoebox and fill it with new items. Return your full shoebox to the Church by November 15th.
  • Donate $9 to help ship the shoeboxes around the world.

Pack a shoebox Online

Bless children around the world without leaving home!

Participants who prefer the convenience of online shopping can pack an shoebox at our Online page here to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

What should you pack in a shoebox?

A WoW Item

Personal Care Items

Clothing and Accessories


Crafts or Activities

For a suggestions list by age and gender click here.