Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse of whom Franklin Graham is president. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Operation Christmas Child has been running for over 20 years. Thanks to a huge army of volunteers who give their time to help make this Christmas ‘miracle’ come to life, they are able to deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to children in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
OCC works with local churches and charities overseas to ensure that your shoebox gets delivered by hand to children who need it most. Their approach is to give shoeboxes to children in need, regardless of their background or beliefs.
Where it’s appropriate their local partners also make available to children a booklet of Bible stories, including the original Christmas story – the birth of Jesus.
Read some of the stories to find out just what it means for a child overseas to receive one of your shoeboxes.
How can I get involved?
It couldn’t be easier. Simply follow these steps:
1. Get hold of an empty shoebox.
2. Then follow the instructions on this website or in our leaflet on how to wrap and pack your shoebox.
3. Then take your shoebox to Village Church of Lincolnshire. Your box will then be processed by our volunteers and sent to its destination to be distributed to a child in need.
Operation Christmas Child is a great way to get churches, schools, workplaces and community groups doing something special together in the run-up to Christmas.
This year VCL is collecting the shoeboxes between Sunday, November 12 through Sunday, November 23.