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Operation Christmas Child


Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Will you join with us this year to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes from Australia and New Zealand for distribution to children in the developing world?


Grab a shoebox

Packs of pre-printed shoeboxes can be ordered here or grab any average-size shoebox
and cover the box and lid separately with brightly coloured paper

Choose boy or girl

Will you fill your shoebox with gifts for a girl or for a boy?
And what age? 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14

Shoebox labels & donations

Order your labels and donate $10 for each shoebox you are going to pack here
Follow Your Box and see where it goes!

Fill each shoebox with simple gifts

Include something from each of the 6 categories.
Something to wear
Something to play with
Something for school
Something to love
Something special
Something for personal hygiene

Download gift ideas here and knitting patterns here

Pray for the child

Pray for the child who will receive your shoebox gift. Include a personal note of encouragement and a photo.

Drop your shoebox off

Shoebox collection month is OCCtober. Find your nearest Drop Off Point Here.

Spread the word

Post a picture of your shoebox on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #OCCanz and spread the word