Operation Christmas Child is done for 2019

Melody Wilson did a great job of heading up Operation Christmas Child at our church, and her hard word paid off – we’re excited to report that our church put together 265 boxes this year!

If you’re thinking ahead to Operation Christmas Child for 2020, start shopping now!  After Christmas sales are a great time to pickup high-quality gifts at low prices.

We will start next year’s drive in October 2020.


How to pack a shoebox

Find a Shoebox

Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.

Girl or Boy?

Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.

Fill with Gifts

Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.


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


What goes in my shoebox?

Start with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, or clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. See our gift suggestions according to age and gender listed below for other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to fill the shoebox. The last day to turn in your box at SCC is Wednesday November 20th.

Please 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.


If you have questions about what to send,
please check out the FAQ section at Samaritan’s Purse.